Okay, there, I just had to get that out of the way because there's no good phrase or sentence for me to use to start this post. And to be honest, when I'm about to get emotional, I turn towards being angry, instead of just being sad... I'm sure that says something about me. lol.
Do you remember Cami's story from our polka dot skirt post/fundraiser in April? and how this sweet little girl was diagnosed with leukemia when she was about 4 years old, and then beat it!? So her wonderful Mom set up a shopping site that sold goods, where a big portion of the proceeds went straight to helping children with cancer? Well... as you can read from the update above, Cami has relapsed and is now fighting for her life a second time.
I had the pleasure of meeting Chelsea, Cami's mom this last year when she popped into a garage sale I was hosting to say hello, and just from the few minutes we were together, I could tell that she was one of the sweetest, strongest women I'd ever have the pleasure of meeting. The interview below, with Cami and her parents that was featured on channel 2, tells the full story about Cami's latest fight.
Want to know what's probably worse than watching someone you love more than anything, suffer all of the trials, pains and afflictions of cancer?...
Having to go through it for a second time.
Chelsea wrote something a few weeks back on the Kisses for Cami blog, when educating people on what they could do to help with hopefully finding a cure, saving lives or even just raising awareness for childhood cancer, and it really stuck with me:" I know it may not be easy for you to read about all of this or look at certain Childhood Cancer photos but how do you think it feels to write about it, to live it? I would much rather be spending precious minutes with my daughter who is fighting for her precious life. It is not easy for you to read, well it is not easy for us to live, or even talk about for that matter, but the truth is, Cami can't do it herself. I have to do it for her. How do you think it would make her feel if she heard someone say "sorry sweetheart but it's just too sad to read about your reality". Well, I'm sick of that mind set, I really am! So here's what you can do to help Cami and other children with childhood cancer!"
She is SO right! It's super uncomfortable, scary to think about and sad, but this IS reality for so many little kiddos, and even the littlest things can make a difference. That's why I wanted to post about Cami's story today and also let you know that there's a chance this month for you to help, even the littlest bit.
Each month P.S. I adore you features a cancer child/family who needs financial help. A very large percentage, if not all of the sales from each item is donated to their foundation to help with medical bills. As you can see, this month Cami is the feature child, and tons of amazing shop owners and Chelsea's own P.S. I adore you business partners, are rallying up to help anyway they can.
So what are all of US asking YOU to do?JUST GO SHOPPING!!!
or, if you don't need anything, simply make a donation to Cami's family.
I know that I can't swoop in and rip the cancer from Cami's body myself (although I'd like that to be my super-human power if I could pick one), but we all know how heavily debt or any kind of financial burden weighs on us, ESPECIALLY when we're going through awful times. So this is a small way that we can help an adorable family take their mind off of one big thing, to focus on the most IMPORTANT... their sweet daughter and first born. $1 or $100, I know that if it were me, I'd be equally as grateful, just because people cared and were willing to make the sacrifice.
"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around."