Join us for Kids Walk for Kids With Cancer to Benefit The Scarlett Fund : May 02, 2015 11AM Central Park Bandshell
“I say to you today that one day the world will be a better place to live. I have a dream that fatal illnesses will not have toxic treatments. I have a dream that the world will be a more peaceful place.”
Last night, I came across this poem written by my son, Austin. As Austin was getting ready for bed, I told him that I had read his poem and that I had the same dream. I then shared with him an excerpt from a favorite book of mine entitled, An Awesome Book! by Dallas Clayton.
“Yes, there are places in the world where dreams are almost dead….
So please my child do keep in mind before you go to bed…
To dream a dream as big as big could ever dream to be
Then dream a dream ten times as big as that one dream you see
Then once you’ve got that dream in mind please dream a million more
And not a million quiet dreams – a million dreams that ROAR
A million dreams so loud they scream
So loud they sing and shout!
So super huge they say “Hey world! Guess what I’m dream’ bout”
Please dream for those who’ve given up, For those who’ve never tried
Please use your dream to make new dreams for all the dreams that died
Cause you’re the one whose dreams can be whatever dreams you want
Whose dreams can change the way things are and the way that things are not.”
Robert, Austin, Scarlett and I will be walking on Saturday, May 2nd in Central Park for the Kids Walk for Kids with Cancer because we have a dream AS BIG AS BIG COULD EVER DREAM TO BE to discover a treatment for pediatric cancer that is is less lengthy, less intense and less toxic.. We walk to help make our dreams come true!
Last year was our first Kids Walk and what a day it was. After a long, hard winter we walked into the park and there were ALL OF YOU. We were so overwhelmed with feelings of love and support and we felt such gratitude. I asked Scarlett to reflect on last year’s Kid’s Walk and this is what she said to me, “Last year at the walk I felt good. It was nice. It made me feel happy and loved. It made me feel that people cared because not every one does. They don’t realize there are people who need them.”
ALL OF YOU made the difference. You made the day special. You showed up. You smiled. You walked. Your quiet strength and support lifted up my daughter’s heart. It lifted up Grant’s heart, Jack’s heart, Amanda’s heart and so many other children whose lives have been touched with cancer. We hope that when we walk in the park on May 2nd we will see all of you again.
Kids Walk is an upbeat, family-friendly walkathon that supports Pediatric Cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK). Students from the New York City area organize the Kids Walk by working together to start teams, publicize the event and raise funds. Since 2001, Kids Walk has raised more than $2.6MM for research to find more effective, less toxic treatments for children with cancer. In 2014, TEAM ROAR raised over $175,000 and had over 150 team members.
2015 Kids Walk for Kids with Cancer will take place on Saturday, May 2, at 11am in Central Park at the Bandshell. The event consists of a short program followed by a 1.5 mile walk. It is a fun and meaningful day for kids, families and friends to join together to raise money and awareness for Pediatric Cancer research. Kids Walk for Kids with Cancer is an inspiring way for your kids to get involved in their community and perhaps, form a few dreams of their own.
Please join TEAM ROAR WALK! 100% of the funds raised will go directly to THE SCARLETT FUND at MSK. Click on the link below to JOIN or DONATE to TEAM ROAR WALK
THE SCARLETT FUND was created to support and raise awareness for pediatric cancer research. Aware of the sacrifices children and their families had made before us to make Scarlett’s treatment possible, we are inspired to help children that follow behind Scarlett with the hope that their treatment is less lengthy, less intense and less toxic. The money raised is being used to research novel targeted therapies which have great potential. Because these therapies target cancer cells, they reduce toxicity to healthy tissues and decrease long terms side effects. This is especially important for growing children.