CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - September 1 starts a month-long idea.
You'll meet 30 #MollysKids in 30 days. Their faces can light up your heart or rip it to shreds. Their stories are real life. All either fought pediatric cancer, fight pediatric cancer or died to this underfunded and nasty disease. Their parents want you to know them.
My basic goal? To lift up little warriors.
The bigger goal? To create action.
September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month. It should be renamed Pediatric Cancer ACTION Month, a thought I openly steal from my friend Erin Santos with The Isabella Santos Foundation. Erin's daughter, Isabella, died from neuroblastoma. She'll be one of the thirty.
After reading about them, do something. Share their story. Volunteer with time. Donate money. Give of yourself. Send a message to the families (many stories will have Facebook pages tagged and ways to contact them). Spread the word. Help create ACTION.
Every one of these kids is in the Charlotte-area.
This is the fourth year in a row for "30 Kids. 30 Stories. 30 Days." No one asks me to do this, I just think it should be done. Cancer hitting anyone is unfair and difficult -- there's something particularly wrong about it hitting a child.
Our 11pm producer at WBTV News also thinks it's important. Brian is giving time in our show to talk about each child. I love that. You'll read about them at wbtv.com/mollyskids during the day... hear about them on TV later that night. We'll attach that video to the story after it airs.
Few headlines you'll see these next 30 days?
- A soccer accident in Tega Cay leads to kidney cancer.
- A toddler's battle begins with an ear infection.
- A little girl with leukemia wants to be the first woman in the men's NBA.
- An 11-year-old fights adult pancreatic cancer; doctors say they are "flying blind" with her treatments.
- And later this month, a #MollysKids tent at a local 5k. (YES!! You can come out!)
I'll post each article between 8:30am and 9:30am every morning.
Tomorrow we kick things off with a remarkably beautiful Charlotte 2-year-old who considers herself a princess. She acts like a doctor with her baby dolls because, candidly, that's all she knows.
Her family can't wait for you to meet her.