When Drew has a hospital stay, the whole family camps out in the room. Big brother Alex is Drew’s biggest cheerleader and just might be in awe of Drew’s Mohawk. Losing hair to chemo is never fun, but styling with crazy colors sure makes it interesting!
Start today to help CURE Childhood Cancer
Ed note: Each and every one of us has an opportunity to help make a difference for children fighting cancer. Today, Sept 5, one of our own—Drew Eachus, grandson of Big Canoe’s Alice Eachus and son of Chris and Jessica Eachus who wrote the letter below—will be featured on the CURE website. Drew is one terrific little boy, filled with fighting spirit and blessed with a smile that can light up a room—and your heart. Please go to Drew’s page, learn more about his journey and consider making a donation in Drew’s honor.
We are reaching out to each of you because September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Like many of you, we never knew that until our five year old son, Drew, was diagnosed with Cancer (Leukemia) earlier this year. CURE Childhood Cancer is an incredible non-profit that is strictly focused on funding research for pediatric cancers and providing patient and family services for those undergoing treatment.
You would probably be surprised to know that only 4% of federal funding for cancer research is directed toward pediatric cancers, yet photos of children are frequently used to raise money for general cancer research. This lack of funding has resulted in most of the treatment drugs that are used today being the same as those from decades ago. While effective, they are highly toxic and produce long-term side effects to those lucky enough to survive. If we are going to make meaningful strides in finding better treatments, this funding needs to be augmented by organizations such as CURE. We have personally seen this organization in action which is why we have chosen to support them, they do great work.
Throughout the month of September, we are participating in “CURE’s Kids Conquer Cancer One Day at a Time.” On September 5th, Drew’s journey will be shared on the CURE website www.curechildhoodcancer.org and his specific page https://bit.ly/2MMGesl.
Our goal is to raise $30,000 in Drew’s honor to help fund research that will lead to improved treatments and ultimately cures for pediatric cancers. We challenge you to join us in fighting this awful disease, and for every dollar you donate, we will match you until we reach our goal.
We hope you will help by sharing Drew’s story with your friends and family on or before September 5th and ask them to join you in donating in his honor.
Thank you for your support!
Chris and Jessica Eachus