Let's Turn September Gold! September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month(Tampa Bay Moms Blog) - September 6, 2013: I am a pediatric hematology/oncology/bone marrow transplant nurse. What this means is I take care of kids with all types of cancer, blood disorders, and children who have bone marrow transplants. It is the most emotionally draining work I've ever done but it is the most rewarding work I will ever do. Every day I am reminded how lucky I am because I am fortunate enough to have healthy children.

I have held the hands of parents who have been told their child has cancer. I have celebrated with patients for their last chemotherapy treatments. I have cried with them when they find out their cancer is back. I have held the bucket for sick kids as they go through preparation for their bone marrow transplants. I have been there when they are told they are a Survivor. I have been in the conference when the doctors tell parents there’s nothing else we can do. I have been at the bedside, holding a child's hand, as they take their last breath. I have done all of this with the hope that one day we will find a cure for this horrible monster that is taking the most amazing people from this earth.

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness MonthTomorrow – Saturday, September 7 – St Petersburg will be hosting the Tampa Bay Area CureSearch Walk. The CureSearch Walk celebrates and honors children whose lives have been affected by children's cancer, while raising funds for the lifesaving research being conducted to find a cure. All Children's Hospital, where I work, is just one of many hospitals that cares for children on research protocols.

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Christine Bork
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