Ten years later, I cant help but to remember that morning. Standing in front of the TV watching with my daughter Nitalia. We cried as we watched what was taking place. We morned the loss of all the victims and their families. I wanted to see those terrorists pay for what was done to us. I did not know then that my little girl would not live to see the tenth anniversary of 9/11. I did not know then that our family would be thrust into a war that has been raging for 3000+ years. Our war was closer to home, closer to heart. Our war was to face an enemy that kills an estimated 1500 Americans per day…that equates to a 9/11 every other day. Our war was against cancer.
So I do wonder, Why have we not met THIS enemy with the same verve and unrelenting determination that we fight those terrorists??
The funding for pediatric cancer clinical trials has gone down every year since 2003, and is currently $26.4 million. By comparison, Congress has allotted $1.3 trillion for war spending through fiscal year 2011. Any reasonable, sensible person can see how incredibly disturbing those figures are.
I will not forget the lives that were taken that September day, nor the heros that gave everything to stand up to terrorism. God Bless EVERY one of them! Like those heros I will continue to fight against cancer. Even with my beautiful daughter gone. I will not allow her and the hundreds of thousands of children before her to quietly fade into an anonymous death. I will fight until my last breath against this merciless foe. I hope and pray to call each of you my comrade in THIS war.
God Bless You,
The Purple Society