Friends, Family and Fans,
Being a mother is the most important job in the world to me. The second I wrapped my arms around my sweet new baby, Wyatt, I made a promise to always protect him. I would do everything and anything in my power to secure, shelter, and defend him from all evils. I’m sure this is a feeling many of you have also experienced.
As a parent we can control a lot of factors like: feeding our kids healthy food, making sure they study hard, and we wrap them up tight in the winter… There are so many things we can’t control, like cancer. Never in my worst nightmares could any parent or I imagine the unimaginable, pediatric cancer. “1 in every 285 children in the US will be diagnosed with cancer before the age of 20.” It is said that childhood cancer research receives about 1 penny of each dollar spent on cancer research, despite the belief that a cure for childhood cancer could lead to a home run cure for all cancers.
Michelle Bjornberg had the same dream for her daughter like most of us, to grow up to be a happy, healthy, contributor to our society. Michelle’s daughter Sydney was just 11 when she started experiencing severe headaches, which prompted Michelle and her husband Steve Bjornberg to take her to the hospital. On that same day they learned Sydney had inoperable brain cancer, DIPG, and was given less than two years to live. The next steps were all part of the Bjornberg’s story of risk and reinvention… Worst part, “DIPG primarily affects children between the ages of 5-7.” My son, Wyatt just turned 6 and this statistic haunts me.
On June 26th, 2013 sweet Sydney lost her battle, but the Bjornberg’s began waging war against DIPG by joining forces and creating a chapter within the 501(C)(3) Federal non-profit in which 100% of proceeded go towards cancer research, “The Cure Starts Now,” their chapter is “The Cure Starts Now TEXAS.”
There is nothing more unnatural than a parent having to burry their own child, and it seems almost impossible as a parent suffering from the loss of a child to turn their pain into possibility for others. Michelle & Steve have done just that. They are working tirelessly to raise money for research so no other family will suffer like theirs.
I am here to let you know that you can help.
The Cure Starts Now Kids Cancer Foundation
6101 Long Prairie Rd, Ste 744-135
Flower Mound, TX 75028-6201
No one is above cancer. It doesn’t matter who you are or how many commas are in your bank account. The only way to win the war is to band together and fight this terrible child killer, DIPG, together. I’ll be emceeing the Sydney’s Band of Gold Gala on September 26th. There will be a live auction, food, drinks, and entertainment, followed by the golf tournament the next day. Lots of surprises in store!
Here I am at the Bjornberg’s home talking about Sydney, their son, and life: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGcMsdGdSZU