Have you ever wondered about the children who are in the hospital during Halloween? Where do they trick or treat? Why are they in there? How are their parents holding up?
My father got cancer when I was ten years old. I was a child. And hearing the word cancer was not scary. I had no idea, clueless and carefree. But, what I witnessed, what is burned into my memory, will always be scary.
I somehow get drawn to blogs of people who are battling cancer, or their children are. I feel like I have a bond with them in some strange way.
So years ago I found out about Princess Alexa. I was reading through a good friends blog, who happened to be her cancer nurse. I didn't have children then, but now I really can not even imagine what Crys Aigner went through watching her daughter have cancer.
Alexa lost her battle to Stage IV Neuroblastoma in 2008. You can read Alexa's story here.
Her mother started a foundation in her daughter's name. It provides dress up closets to hospitals, so children can play and feel normal. Since the children are undergoing various treatments, the costumes have to be NEW, not gently used.
So, here is what I think we should all do:
After Halloween, all the costumes go on sale. We should all buy some and send them to the foundation! They don't know me, or know that I want to help out. I just always have this women and her story in my mind every Halloween.
The Dress Up Drive is held the first two weeks in November.
More details can be found here:
Just more of a PSA than a teaching blog tonight. Hope yall don't mind.
Sneak Peek of our Halloween Costumes: