Joaquin!...is the most cheerful, loving little baby boy. He takes his treatments like a superhero. He handles his transfusions, spinal taps, pokes and nausea like its a normal part of his existence even though I know his cancer is capable of bringing adults to their knees. He has been known to humble strangers with his strength. It is difficult for me to understand how such a small person can possess the strength of an adult and smile through it. Although he has had his share of dark moments, he actually has carried me, my husband and his brother through this journey. Its not fair, it sucks, and no child should ever spend their childhood battling cancer.
He has the faith only a child can comprehend. I hope his story inspires others to fight for a cure, the way he is fighting for his life.
On a more personal note, I am shaving to take back what cancer stole from me: strength, dignity, and courage.
We ARE 46 Mommas on a mission to raise awareness, raise funds for research and inspire others to help fund a cure for childhood cancer.
Each year a new class of 46 Mommas is inducted into the cause to empower and engage mothers of children with cancer. The number 46 is significant. On average, each weekday, 46 families receive the news that their child has cancer. Through increasing awareness of childhood cancer and raising funds for childhood cancer research by shaving our heads, we hope to one day be a group that no longer needs to exist.