In November 2012, my friend Kandy’s son, Logan, was diagnosed with pediatric cancer on his second birthday. Watching Kandy and her entire family struggle through the emotional roller coaster of dealing with childhood cancer gave me such an empathy and burden for these families.
I heard from many of you, mostly through conversations on the blog Facebook page, who have battled cancer in your families. You are truly my biggest heroes!
I’ve periodically shared updates about Logan here on this blog, and many of you have responded with outpourings of love, concern, gifts, and prayers. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
Logan is now cancer-free! Just this week, his scans came back clear, which marks about eight months of remission. We are rejoicing with Logan and his family at the mercies and faithfulness of God!
If you’re like me, maybe you’ve wondered how in the world you can reach out and help a family who is dealing with cancer.
What can you possibly say or do to help in a meaningful way?
Sometimes it’s easier to just stay away because you don’t know what to say or how to help, but the truth is these families need you.
They need your prayers, your encouragement, they need to know you’re there. I’ve heard several cancer survivors say that the outpouring of concern from friends and family is overwhelming at first, and then everyone gets busy with life again and moves on… and they’re stuck in cancer mode and feel forgotten.
Don’t stop reaching out six months or a year (or five years) after a friend’s prognosis. If it’s been a while, chances are they need your support now even more than ever.
I found this awesome list of 75 ways to bless a family who is dealing with pediatric cancer. I thought this list was super helpful and, since it was written by a mom who’s been there, it’s also very honest.
And just in case you need another idea for blessing families who are dealing with childhood cancer…
Logan is having a lemonade stand this weekend to raise money for pediatric cancer research!
This isn’t just any old lemonade stand! I’ve been reading about the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, and it’s pretty awesome. Kandy’s goal is to raise $2,000 to help fund childhood cancer research, and I’m excited to help spread the word about her fundraiser!
Obviously you all can’t support Kandy and Logan’s lemonade stand in person, but you can still give! You can donate a few dollars right here and help the Lee’s reach their goal of raising $2,000 for cancer research.
Thanks so much for your prayers for Logan over the past eighteen months, for the way many of you sent cards and even gave gifts for his CARE package, and for the way you’re reaching out to those in your own lives who are battling cancer.
Let’s keep making a difference, okay?