Every year as parents all around the country get their kids ready for the first day of school, sometimes we take for granted the opportunity to have photographs ranging through all the years as they grow up.
For millions of families everywhere we never even imagine losing a child, it never seems like someone so young and so full of energy could ever possibly be ripped away from us, but heartbreakingly one in 285 children will get a cancer diagnosis of some sort, and sometimes those beautiful children will leave us far too early.
Julie Apicella lost her beautiful girl Emily after a three-year battle with cancer, and while this amazing mother got the chance to get a photo of her little girl’s first day of school back in 2015, when it came time to do the same thing the next year it was too late.
Julie took a photo of where her daughter stood a year before, with her future ahead of her, only her daughter wasn’t there anymore. While it’s heartbreaking to realize what this mother must be going through, she somehow had the clarity of mind to write a thoughtful post about never taking things for granted and helping spread awareness of children’s cancer.
The main problem is no one seems to really think about children’s cancer, and without that awareness it doesn’t make much money in the fundraising sense. Precious money needed to fund research to help save more children’s lives. One in 285 is a scary number to think about, but we have to think about it to help kids like Emily.
So if you see anyone with a golden ribbon, you can now know that it’s to help fight children’s cancer. Much like the pink ribbon for breast cancer, it’s time to spread awareness for kids all over the world.
You can actually update your Facebook profile picture with a golden ribbon to help spread awareness with all of your friends on social media! It doesn’t cost a dime, and it gets everyone talking!