Hello, Everyone! Lucy here!
Today is my Dad’s birthday. He thinks I should be making a big deal out of it, but I want to talk about something else for a second. Is that okay with everyone?
About four years ago, Grandma got very sick. At least, that’s what everyone says – I wasn’t even born then! Dad said she had cancer, and she could have died. Hearing this made me very, very sad because I love Grandma – and can you imagine if
she I had never met me her?! You see, when I was first adopted, Grandma wasn’t so sure about me. She said that pit bulls could be dangerous and challenging, and did Dad,” really want a pit bull for your first dog?” So Dad and I worked extra hard so that I would learn to be a good girl and make Grandma love me. And love me she does!
Grandma & Lucy
I remember when that mean, nasty car hit me – she came running to me and took good care of me until Dad got home. She bought me fancy treats, and squeaky, stuffy toys. (Note from Josh: My mom and I took Lucy to the pet store because we didn’t want to leave her home alone and Lucy snatched a toy off the rack there, so we had to buy it for her. It was a pink flamingo with a squeaker inside, and she carried it home. She destroyed it the next day.)
A few years after Grandma beat her first cancer (she has someone else’s liver! Crazy!), it came back in her lung. Everyone was very worried, except Grandma, of course. She’s a very strong lady, and she beat the cancer, AGAIN! We all consider ourselves very, very lucky.
In 2012, it is expected that 1.5 million people will be diagnosed with cancer, and one third of those people will not survive their battles. More than a fourth of those deaths are projected to be caused specifically by lung cancer – exactly what Grandma had the second time.
There are thousands of families who will not be as lucky as mine. But we can do everything possible to try to help. So what does all of this have to do with Dad’s birthday? Well…
The only thing Dad is asking from his friends and family as a present is a donation to the American Cancer Society through his Relay for Life fundraiser. The ACS helps by providing information about the disease, how to prevent it, how to detect it, and how best to pursue treatment. They also provide critical emotional support to people and families who are struggling with cancer. They’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, even on holidays, to help anyone dealing with a cancer-related crisis to provide crucial information in their time of need.
So, as you can see, every little bit helps, so whatever you’re able to give helps A LOT. Today, on my Dad’s birthday, it would really mean a lot to him, and to me, and to Grandma, too. So, please: donate now.