Sixty-eight years ago today, this nation was attacked. It was a surprise attack. Many brave young warriors died. The Greatest Generation responded by mobilizing the nation. A war was fought where many brave young men and women made the ultimate sacrifice. Ultimately, the United States prevailed.
Much like Pearl Harbor, childhood cancer is a surprise to much of this nation. But this surprise does not make front page news; although many brave young children die. They continue to fight the war and many, many are lost. But for us to prevail in this war, the nation must be called to action.
We, whatever generation we collectively belong to, have failed these brave young children.
They were protected in World War II from warfare; the country does not expect children to be warriors. Yet we continue to refer to our children afflicted by cancer as warriors. They are not warriors, they are children. My children. Your children. The ones we as parents have sworn to ourselves to protect at any cost. The one’s we would give our lives for.
Yet instead, the isolationists rule. Our focus is drawn to issues which, while seemingly important, do not kill our children. Our focus is drawn to issues which protect ourselves; while stealing from precious resources that may protect our children from this surprise attacker.
We are selfish. We, whatever generation we collectively belong to, have up-armored ourselves. We fight with seemingly unlimited resources against our personal attackers. And our children are given the used battlefield equipment.
It would not be acceptable in a war; on a sinking ship; or if an intruder entered our homes. Why is it acceptable in the war against cancer? The priorities of the nation fighting the war on cancer are a lie.