You may have noticed it’s been a bit quiet around these parts lately. I took a few days off from blogging, but not from writing. Instead of talking about gorgeous interiors or my newest DIY project, I wrote about something personal and painful. I wrote about Jennifer.

Jennifer is the six-year-old daughter of my friend Libby Kranz. She’s beautiful and vivacious and everything sparkly and wonderful in this world. And now she is gone. Diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor on her sixth birthday, she passed away Wednesday, three short months later.

The pain that her departure has left–the void in all of those she touched–is beyond explanation. But there is no comparison to the utter devastation her family is facing. If I could take my heart and trade it with them, carry their pain so they don’t have to, I would. But I can’t, and so instead, I wrote.

I wrote about Jennifer and the dismal funding in pediatric cancer research. Every day 7 children will die because of a vicious disease that has no care for the lives it steals. Every year over 13,500 children will learn that this monster lives inside of them, and yet only 4% of cancer research funding will go to find a cure for them.

4% isn’t enough.

Please read my article on allparenting.com, and then please, please, please, pick up your pen or take to your key board and write to your local congress people, to your state senators, to your governor, to anyone and everyone who has a vote in government. Ask them to reauthorize the Caroline Pryce Walker Conquer Childhood Cancer Bill that was already unanimously passed so that we can bring an end to the pointless loss of so many of our children.

And so that the memory of Jennifer Lynn Kranz will not be forgotten.


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