Help Find A Cure For The Deadliest Childhood Disease

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A plea from the grandmother of a child with leukemia:

Since my 7-year old granddaughter, Lily, was diagnosed with Pre-B ALL (Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia) on December 1, 2008, our family has been reading a lot about childhood cancer and the research into finding cures. There’s not much funding for childhood cancer research.

Each school day, 46 children (two classrooms full!) are diagnosed with some form of cancer. In the past three days TWO children whose cancer journeys I’ve been following have died. A two year old named Kayla, and a 5-year old named Addison. Addison had the same kind of leukemia as Lily – had a positive prognosis, but then caught a bug and she couldn’t overcome it. Addison is the one that when Lily was first diagnosed, the doctor told my daughter they needed to get to know her because she was doing so well and would provide such encouragement for them. And then just a few weeks later, she is gone.

Finding a cure for childhood cancer is a life-or-death issue. Just take a brief trip to a children’s oncology hall at a hospital, and your own life will never be the same. These children can’t advocate for themselves because they’re literally fighting for their lives. It is up to us to be their advocates. So you can start by doing the following:

(1) Go to this web address: Citizen’s Briefing Book
(2) In the search box, type “childhood cancer”
(3) Click on the top item “Increased Funding for Childhood Cancer” (The one that was posted at 4:02 P.M.)
(4) Click on the “Vote UP” button. If you don’t already have an account, you will have to create an account. However, it’s free, and it’s quick – and the effort is worth it.
(5) You can read the letter along with the comments. You can log in or create an account if you would like to leave your own comment.

Janice Shaw at Townhall has more:

During the past six weeks, our extended family has been learning things that nobody ever wants to learn.  On December 1, 2008, my niece’s 7-year-old daughter, Lily, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL).  Today’s adults remember when such a diagnosis was a death sentence; 40 years ago patients with ALL had a four percent survival rate.  Now children with Lily’s type of leukemia have a 90 percent survival rate, because St. Jude’s hospital in Memphis made it their main mission in the 60s to discover treatments that work against childhood leukemia.  Researchers at St. Jude’s were criticized by those who believed that children with cancer should be allowed to die in peace rather than go through the horrible treatment that they had to endure.  Our family and thousands of others are so grateful that the researches prevailed and persevered.

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The wonderful doctors at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Nashville described leukemia for Lily as a weed that was taking over a garden.  They challenged her to help them get rid of the weeds in her blood.  As a result, Lily named her website Lily’s Garden, www.lilysgarden.org. She wants to replace the weeds in her garden with beautiful lilies!

Lily’s family is challenging people to sign up for Nashville’s Country Music Marathon (CMM) on April 25, 2009, with the Leukemia/Lymphoma society as the main charity for the event. Anyone can register by going to www.cmmarathon.com.  Those who register for the CMM, can join Lily’s team by registering at her website, www.lilysgarden.org.  Lily’s team will have T-shirts and arm bands emblazoned with the slogan, “Walking to Weed Out Leukemia.”  The shirts are a shade of purple that suits both men and women.  More than 50 people have already signed up with Lily’s team; we’d love to have a sea of purple.

Please visit the linked sites if you’d like to help out.

Thanks to Cotillion sister, Carol, The Median Sib, for the information.

IDF Finds Weapons Hidden In Mosque

The left is running out excuses for their outrage at the Israelis, and support of Hamas. I’m talking about people like this guy,who commented on an earlier post, here:

  1. Dave Says:

    January, 9, 2009 at 7:06 pm: If Israel wants peace, bombing schools and mosques is no way to do it. Acting as if this is somehow a justified act of aggression is ignorance at its finest.

    No, willful blindness is ignorance at its finest:

    Good for the Israelis for bringing cameras, and posting the video. This is the only way to combat the propaganda.

    Hat tip: AoSHQ

Adventures in Cringing Police Dhimmitude

I’m starting to see a pattern: large dangerous mobs overwhelming impotent, acquiescing  police –  and it’s not just happening in Europe…it’s happening, here, too.

This is disgraceful; British police run away from Muslim thug protesters shouting allah Akhbar:

Why weren’t the police armed…with anything? No tear gas, no rubber bullets…nothing (but batons)?  What is the matter with Britain?

Hat tip: Weasel Zippers

MORE:

What’s the matter with us? Here’s a group of Muslim protesters burning an Israeli flag in San Francisco:

They’re the same people….ugly, violent, maniacal, insane!

Doesn’t San Francisco have a fire code they could have enforced? Or is this a free speech issue? I guess they’re used to flags burning on the left coast.

Again: Weasel Zippers

UPDATE:

Zombietime was at the San Francisco protest and took plenty of photos.

Of  interest:

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The only protester hassled by the police, according to Zombie,  was  this lone counter-protester, who was asked to leave, “for his own protection”.

The pro-Hamas thugs cheered his departure.

Zombie:

Meanwhile, protesters who openly supported the terrorist organization Hamas and waved the Hamas flag (as seen here) received no warnings at all about inciting the crowd. Which sharply highlights a depressing truth: If you express an opinion, no matter how wrongheaded, you are safe from criticism if enough people share it with you; but if you express an opinion, no matter how insightful, you will be penalized if you stand all alone.

That seems to be what happened with the British protest…There’s strength in numbers. I think we can stop tut tutting about Great Britain, now….

Gad…I’m still scrolling through Zombie’s pictures….

Jews supporting Hamas, “Outraged by Israel”?….Nazism = Zionism? Ugh…insanity! I see Che has been adopted by Palestinian supporters…

Well, here’s a surprise…The Sheehag was there:

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Of course she was there. Of course! She reflexively takes the wrong side of every conflict, as do so many these days.

Zombie guesstimates the crowd at two to three thousand.

Alice H. also took some excellent pictures at  a pro-Israel rally, with pro Hamas protesters over the weekend in Denver. Which group looks more normal to you?

UPDATE :

Another example of “cringing police dhimmitude” from Germany:

Today, 10.000 people demonstrated against Israel here in my hometown Duisburg (Germany) and to express their solidarity with Hamas. So, my girlfriend and me put two Israel flags out of the windows of our flat in the 3rd floor. During the demonstration which went through our street the police broke into our flat and removed the flag of Israel. The statement of the police was to de-escalate the situation, because many youth demonstrators were on the brink of breaking into our apartment house. Before this they threw snowballs, knifes and stones against our windows and the complete building. We both were standing on the other side of the street and were shocked by seeing a police officer standing in our bedroom and opening the window to get the flag. The picture illustrate this situation. The police acquiesced in the demands of the mob.

Jewish Odysseus:

I am thinking about establishing the “Duisburg Police Award for Forceful yet Cringing Dhimmitude Beyond the Call of Duty.” Maybe have it awarded weekly? Naaaaahhhh, not frequent enough, I’ll need to award it at least once a day.

Hat tip: Jdub at AoSHQ