There are a few things that we have been successful on.... 

Stand Up To Cancer
After you spent months commenting on blogs and writing to SU2C, recognition came.  In Jl=uly 2009 Diane Balma the Executive Director wrote offering to support PAC2 and raise awareness of September as National Childhood Cancer Month.   PAC2 brought in CureSearch, St. Baldrick's, Alex's Lemonade Stands and the Rally Foundation.   Four articles were published in the on-line SU2C magazine: COG update on Pediatric Cancer Research, The Power of Imagination, The Unthinkable, and Rare.  In addition, an integrated calendar of events for the organizations was published on-line.   Best of all, the in December 2009, SU2C announced the Innovative Grant Recipients and research into childhood cancers was well funded! 

President Obama's Briefing Book
We mobilized the childhood cancer community to seek support for increased funding for childhood cancer during the Obama transition.  Over 125,000 people submitted questions to the President, and over 1.4 million votes were cast.  Our position finished in the Top 5 of ALL Health Care concerns through YOUR efforts.  It is shown on Page 16.  The Briefing Book was presented to President Obama by Tom Daschle, Secretary Health and Human Services.

The Boston Globe - Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
We contacted The Boston Globe during September 2008 seeking recognition of Childhood Cancer month.  Turned out to be one of the most commented on photojournalism pieces they've ever done....featured pictures of four PAC2 children.

Cure Today Article
We had an article published by Cure Today, the magazine of the American Cancer Society.

Uniting Childhood Cancer Organizations
Over 70 childhood cancer organizations are represented here at PAC2.

And, if we do nothing else, this makes it all worth it - from Dec. 2008....

A lot of times its not about how many letters or comments you make in a day.  Sometimes priorities overtake getting signatures on a petition. 

Take yesterday.....

1Aimee's Mom Annette was stuck.  Aimee was home, and not feeling good.  Annette couldn't leave her.  But, Aimee's dog was arriving at the Philly airport, and HAD to be picked up, or else it was doggy jail.  Aimee, shown here with Mr. B (who reportedly was unconcerned about the entire incident), was bumming.....if it's not one thing.......

So what to do?  Dari dives into action.  Blogs, posts, messages to the Big Apple Group.  E-mails overload servers east of the Mississippi!  ANYBODY!  Please help!   Suggestions come in...."I will chip in for a limo for the dog!",  "I can go in the morning"......etc.   PAC2 people caring for PAC2 people.  

Jay chimes in.  Claims to be "on crutches"......  but let me ask Liz.  "Can the dog co-exist with other dogs and cats for a day LOL?"  Apparently so.  Liz dropped whatever she was up to, gets the dog, who spends a restful night with the other animals.  Today,  "Lazy" the dog was re-united with Aimee, much to her delight. 

On behalf of Aimee, Annette and the rest of us, many thanks to Dari.  And I would personally like to thank both Jay and Liz Scott, the founders of Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, who took a break from selling lemonade to make sure Aimee and Lazy were able to play today.   

Now there's a reason to join a geo group and host a Lemonade Stand, huh?

we can change the world, together....

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