Target: Maisy Yeager, Co-organizer of 46 Mommas
Goal: Thank the mothers who raise awareness as well as research money to fight pediatric cancer
According to the National Cancer Institute, about 2,000 children a year will undergo numerous surgeries and steroid treatments to fight off cancer. To aid the process, forty-six mothers from both the United States and Canada gather annually in honor of the forty six children who are diagnosed with cancer each weekday of the year. The mothers, who call themselves the 46 Mommas, shaved their heads in solidarity and were also able to earn over $200,000 in donations for the national St. Baldrick’s Foundation, an organization that specifically funds research for pediatric cancer. The mothers have so far gathered $1.5 million for the foundation in five years, and they plan to continue the tradition for many years to come.
Although the money is vital to sustaining research, the mothers’ primary goal is to sustain the children’s spirits, as well as the spirits of the countless others that are affected by their struggle. The mothers, often mothers whose own children suffered from cancer, build a support network in order to educate the public on pediatric cancer. It is an uncommonly known fact that less than four percent of funding is appropriated for pediatric cancer, yet cancer treatments are found to be the most successful among children. As a result, the mothers believe that the more people know and understand the situation, the more they will be willing to advocate alongside them.
Despite many of the mothers losing their own children to cancer, the mothers remain unwavering in their dedication to the 46 Mommas cause, truly epitomizing the title of angel mother that the group bestows to them. Even though the mothers come from different places across the country and Canada, the women instantly share an unbreakable sisterly bond.
Please show your appreciation of these women’s efforts to end pediatric cancer.
Dear Ms. Yeager,
Thank you so much for your collaboration with mothers across the country and Canada to put an end to pediatric cancer. Every child deserves a chance to fight. Your program provides not only a fighting chance for countless children, but also hope for people that are hit with the turmoil that the disease can bring. The educational aspect of 46 Mommas also encourages people to care. With the support that 46 Mommas has earned so far, the program is sure to save many lives.
Please continue to help St. Baldrick’s Foundation and to be an inspiration to those affected by pediatric cancer.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Courtney Moore via St. Baldrick’s