Wednesday, September 4, 2019

2019 September Book Drive

2019 GO GOLD SEPTEMBER BOOK DRIVE


Books can be shipped to :
Sammy's Forever Got Your Six
1300 S Watson Rd A114 PMB338
Buckeye, AZ 85326 Book Drive Amazon Wish List


WHY GOLD?

GOLD is the color for childhood cancer awareness. Our children are more precious than gold, and the truth is childhood cancer is not as rare as we would like to believe it to be in the United States. 1 in 285 children will be diagnosed with cancer before the age of 20. That means 43 children will be diagnosed today, and again tomorrow, and the next day. And by the time the month of September is over approximately 1,290 children will be diagnosed with a form of childhood cancer. And of those, 1 in 5 will not survive five years from diagnosis. 7 children die everyday from childhood cancer. So before September ends, over 200 families will join mine on the bereaved side of the childhood cancer journey. We go GOLD because those numbers need to change. Our children deserve more, they deserve better, and they deserve a chance at a full life.

On October 19, 2016, our life changed forever. I took Sammy to the ER and within hours he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. We later learned he had medulloblastoma, a form of pediatric brain cancer. Sammy spent the next 8 months living at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, while undergoing chemotherapy treatments and rehabilitation therapy. He was finally discharged in June of 2017. We had high hopes, since his scans were clear showing no cancer. In the fall of 2017, Sammy returned to start his 3rd year of preschool at the Iliad. He began his school year, excited to be back in the classroom with his friends. On September 1, 2017, during an audiology visit to check his hearing aides, we took took a detour to the ER after we raised some concerns. And in that visit we learned that his cancer had returned. Sammy at 5 years old was diagnosed as terminal. So, we made the most of what time we had left with our child. He did radiation treatments, in hopes of giving him quality of life and giving us time. We took time as a family to make forever memories, to take the adventures that Sammy loved. And Sammy continued to attend preschool, as often as he could, until he could no longer. Ultimately, we were blessed with over 6 more months with our son. Our son Sammy passed away on April 12, 2018. Our family forever changed by childhood cancer.

WHY A BOOK DRIVE?

Sammy loved books. We would spend hours reading with him, to him. We started the tradition long before hospital stays and hospital rooms of 3 books at bedtime. So every night he demanded his 3 books, sometimes begging for more. Once in the hospital, books became his escape into a world of imagination and adventure. He could not go to the playroom, as he was in isolation. He could not be with friends, due to hospital restrictions. He could not hold a crayon, as he lost motor functions. His fight caused a lot of things to him, he had a lot of side effects. So, books were one piece of normal for him. One thing that could not be taken from him, an escape that was always there. And we never had enough, despite our massive collection of books. We always needed more. We know that other warriors fighting could always use another book to help escape to the land of imagination. Books give the chance at a smile, despite what happens in that hospital room. And all the child has to do is listen to escape the room for just a moment to the land within the book.

This is our 3rd September book drive to celebrate Childhood Cancer Awareness. And hope this year is just as successful. Our goal is to collect and donate books to Phoenix Children’s Hospital that are for preschool age and younger, as 60% of all children diagnosed with cancer are under 6 years old. Phoenix Children's Hospital also does not have any learning programs specific for children under 5 years old. It was up to us, as Sammy’s parents to engage Sammy in learning during his stay, which is why books were such a huge part of his journey. We will accept children’s books for any age, but would love to focus on the preschool age group.

This year the Cancer Clinic added a Book Nook. Where each visit a child gets a token good for a visit to the book nook to pick one book. They also have a book cart that visits children who are in isolation and unable to visit the nook area. This means that they can give up to 100 books a day! The Book Nook has a high need for infant to preschool aged books, and preschool aged books in Spanish translations. Our hopeful goal is to help keep this nook stocked full of books.

We would love to make it our goal for this September to collect 3 books for every day of Sammy's life. Sammy lived 6 years, 2 months, 28 days. Or 2,279 days, which makes 6,837 books. Just under 7,000 books. Can you help make this goal a reality? We hope you will help us meet our goal and donate a book today, and give the gift of adventure to a little cancer warrior here in Arizona.

Books can be shipped to :
Sammy's Forever Got Your Six
1300 S Watson Rd A114 PMB338
Buckeye, AZ 85326 Book Drive Amazon Wish List


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