Heartbreaking and Inspiring: A Sick Child’s Family Using Crowd Funding to Battle Pediatric Cancer and Save A Young Life

via youcaring.com/nonprofits/let-s-fight-children-s-cancer/320343

via youcaring.com/nonprofits/let-s-fight-children-s-cancer/320343

Once in a while, the internet can be a heart-warming tool for bettering the world. This is one of those instances. The parents of Elijah Oh have gone online to share the story of their son, and to ask for help in the battle against childhood cancer.

Three-year-old Elijah was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia one year ago. Since then, he’s undergone weekly chemotherapy, spinal taps, and spent endless pain-ridden nights in the hospital. Despite the severity of his illness, the good news is that Elijah has responded well – his cancer is currently in remission. He will, however, need occasional chemo for the next few years in order to ensure that all the cancer cells in his body are eradicated. Elijah is truly an amazing little warrior.

During the course of their struggle, Elijah’s parents realized that childhood cancer is shockingly under-funded. Every year, 175,000 kids are diagnosed with cancer internationally. Yet, the National Cancer Institute only allocates 5% of its funding to pediatric cancer research in the US, for example. Dismayed by this heartbreaking situation, the Oh family has taken to the Internet to appeal for help in funding childhood cancer research.

They have felt, on their own skin, the horror of childhood cancer and would like to bring the world closer to the day when no parent will have to hear the news that their child is about to die from cancer. They dream of doctors developing less painful, less dangerous, and less toxic ways to treat suffering children like their son.

The key is clinical trials: the more cancer-fighting trials that take place, the more pieces that fall into place in the puzzle of figuring out an effective cure for cancer.

How can you help? By donating to fund clinical trials that might save lives down the road. Donations can help shorten the wait for a better cancer treatment and maybe even a cure.

Echoing the ALS bucket challenge, members of the Oh family have all shaved their heads in a show of solidarity and empathy with cancer patients, and have started a crowd-funding campaign on the YOUCARING platform. This fundraiser aims to raise $10,000 and will run until June 30, 2015. The family pictures this as their gift to all the children battling cancer, like Elijah.

All of the money raised will be donated to the Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. This institution has 24 pediatric hematologists and oncologists on staff, who care for more than 1,000 patients annually – making it the biggest children’s treatment center in the area. The Oh family chose this institution because of its local impact and no-frills approach to fundraising, and its commitment to research.

The YOUCARING platform is also absolutely free, unlike other websites which charge commissions on fundraising projects.

Click here to take a look at the Oh family’s fundraiser page and possibly help out. Please also SHARE this to help raise awareness!

* “LifeGooroo Good Cause #1” is the first of our new ‘Good Cause Of The Week’ Series which we are proud to introduce to our readers. Every week we will choose a different good cause to raise awareness and increase goodness around the world.