September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month’s main objective is to raise awareness about the types of cancer that largely affect children, as well as survivorship issues, and, importantly, to help raise funds for research groups working towards cures. Today I will share “Cancer Warrior Shane’s” story with you as told by his family. A REAL child who fought a REAL disease.

Cancer Warrior Shane

From the first day that Shane was diagnosed, January 3,2006, he’s been an inspiration to all who know him. Shane was diagnosed with Chrondroblastic Osteosarcoma, a rare and aggressive form of bone cancer and treatment began immediately. Then on May 6, 2008 Shane relapsed. The cancer, now in his lungs…

Shane’s story is one of courage, strength, and hope for a cure from this terrible enemy. He endured not only one but TWO amputations within a year. His first year of chemo was so harsh on his body, making him quite ill and resulting in many blood & platelet transfusions. He had many opportunities to do things while he was hospitalized, but he was just too sick.

Our first family outing after diagnosis, we were invited to appear on ABC’s “Extreme Make-over Home Edition” via Sparrow Clubs USA where Shane helped build a serenity pond for friend, “Boey“, who was diagnosed the same month and year as Shane.

When Shane heard the word “relapse” too many times, he began living! Golfing in Washington and California, para sailing in Mexico, jet skiing in Florida and hunting in Oregon! Also, Shane loved working on his beloved truck! Everywhere he went, he touched souls and inspired the minds of all he met. It was common to hear people ask, “How can someone with so much adversity be so upbeat and happy?” Shane loved everything about life and humanity.

Finally, Shane was literally on his last leg and no one knew it. He never told anyone he was sick and in constant pain. He was too focused on others welfare to acknowledge his “tag-a-long cancer” as he called it… Shane impacted this world with demonstrations of courage combined with a positive attitude.

The greatest son, brother, and friend, anyone could ask for… Shane lived well and finished well, inspiring us to do the good things in life…

“Help others, love unconditionally, and believe we can make a difference every day of our lives.”

On October 25th, Shane calmly stated, “I think this is the day God has chosen for me.” On October 26, 2009, Shane passed away, leaving us with these words…

“I did not give up on anything. I believe God will take me when it’s my time.” ~SC~

Shane Christensen
In Memory of Shane Christensen

Read more about Shane’s journey and how you can get involved fighting cancer in his memory.

How You Can Help Find a Cure

In Memory of my young friend you can send donations to:
Children’s Medical Center
Attn: Kathy Friend
2777 Stemmons Frwy Suite 700
Dallas, TX 75207
You can make checks payable to: Children’s Medical Center {in the memo space put: “in memory of Caleb Huffines“}

Donate to Wipe Out Kid’s Cancer:
Children are fighting valiantly every day to survive cancer and their only hope of a cure is through more research. WOKC provides critical funding to key research initiatives on a national basis.  Plus, if you are are in the DFW area, you can join the fight against childhood cancer by participating in the 26th annual Tom Thumb WOKC Run for the Children on Saturday, September 17, 2011.

Donate to CureSearch:
CureSearch for Children’s Cancer believes that only research can cure children’s cancer. Your support helps fund lifesaving, collaborative research at children’s hospitals across the nation, providing patients with global expertise at their local hospital.

Donate to Alex’s Lemonade Stand:
In addition to funding cutting-edge research into finding better treatments and ultimately cures, ALS also funds nursing grants to improve the quality of life and care of children with cancer. Your donation of $50 will fund one hour of research. You can also text “LEMONADE E76598” to 85944 to make a $10 donation!

Donate to Battle 4 A Cure:
Battle4aCure’s mission is to enrich the lives of children with cancer by raising funds for scientific research and clinical trials to discover advanced treatments for childhood cancers and to potentially find a cure.

Seek out a way to help in your local community or through an organization you are familiar with. Do you have a child or friend fighting cancer? I am hoping to spotlight more stories this month to let the world know that Childhood Cancer is a reality and the need for a cure is a necessity. Please contact me with your story if you would like to share or if you know of another way to help fund research.

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