Friday, February 17, 2012

Dear Pediatric Cancer

Dear Pediatric Cancer, 

                I’m writing you on behalf of the students at Penn State, to officially inform you that we are an extreme threat to your cause. See, us Penn Staters, we like to play fair. So before we knock your feet out from underneath you, we’d like to just give you a warning first. 

The thing is, we’ve been watching you, and we’ve seen how you work. You sweep in and pray off the innocent lives of children (your relatives aren’t so nice either) and threaten to take them away. You’re just so sneaky; sometimes it’s hard to catch. We try not to let you get away with it, but sometimes you do. We’re working up ways to catch you in the future.

It’s not fair that you think you can just come in here and claim lives’ from kids who haven’t experienced anything, yet. It’s not fair that you harm their parents, who just a few short years ago were blessed with a miracle that you’re greedily trying to steal away. It’s not fair that you require such a battle in order to surrender – a battle that leads to hair loss, infection, pain and vomiting. Why do you enjoy seeing little girls lose their hair?

See, these kids have so much potential. They have baseball games they haven’t played; school plays they didn’t star in. They want to play and fight with their siblings; they want to turn 16. They have boyfriends and girlfriends and soul mates waiting for them. They want to get their license; they want to go to prom. They have hopes and wishes and dreams, and you have no right to take that away from them.

They also have parents; parents who found themselves blessed with the kind of miracle only parents can understand. Parents who see futures filled with success, happiness, and love for their sons and daughters. Parents who are hurting, badly, for how can you make them watch their kids battle a fight that most 50-year-olds aren’t strong enough to battle? You truly make me sick.

Well, you may be getting away with it now, but I can assure you millions of people are fighting against you. Thousands of Penn State students are dancing this weekend to kick your ass. We’re going to raise millions of dollars to put towards finding new ways to assure your methods fail. It just goes to show that you can’t steal all the fun – we’re still going to dance. So are the kids you are trying to take away from us. For this weekend, you can’t touch them. Don’t worry, they’re in good hands. 

The problem is, we can’t figure out how to stop you… you seem to powerful. No one stays king forever, though, and I promise you we are going to do everything we can to stop you. So I’d watch out. Take your grimy, greedy grip of life off our amazing children. I assure you, if you don’t, we’ll find a cure and you’ll be gone forever. 

You’ve been warned,

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