Brock Rocks

September 13, 2012

Did you know?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Vanessa @ 11:46 am

You’ve probably already seen it. Pink merchandise popping up in stores. And you probably know why. Breast Cancer Awareness Month is next month.

But did you know that THIS month is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month? I didn’t. Until my own child had cancer. There aren’t dozens of labels turned gold in the supermarket to tell me. There aren’t football players wearing gold jerseys to tell me. There aren’t gold bracelets next to the checkout counter that say “save the kids!” Instead they’re pink. And say “save your boobies!” And it’s not even their month yet.

September is for the children. For my children. For yours. For the 36 children that will be diagnosed with cancer today and for the 7 that will die. It’s for Brock and Xander and John and Mia and Molly and Asher and Charlsey and Stevy and Luke and Cash and Kaden and Morgan and Reece and Kort and Taylor and Abby and the 120 children in Oklahoma that will be diagnosed with cancer this year.

Boobies can wait til October.

Did you know that cancer is the leading killer of children by disease? It kills more children than cycstic fibrosis, diabetes, HIV, and genetic disorders. Did you know that breast cancer is the 6th cause of death by disease in women (behind heart disease, stroke, lung cancer, respiratory disease and Alzheimer’s)?

In terms of person years life lost (PYLL), the average age at diagnosis of breast cancer is 61, with a calculated 16 PYLL. In contrast, the average age that a child is diagnosed with cancer is 10. This calculates to 67 PYLL. SIXTY SEVEN YEARS OF LIFE LOST WHEN A CHILD DIES FROM CANCER.

I’m not picking on breast cancer. My grandmother is a breast cancer survivor. It’s just that funding for research for these 2 diseases is GROSSLY disproportionate.

For every $1 spent on childhood cancer research per patient, $7 is spent on breast cancer research per patient.

Our children deserve more.

This Saturday we’re participating in the CureSearch Walk in Oklahoma City. CureSearch raises funds for clinical trials research sponsored by the National Cancer Institute and conducted by the Children’s Oncology Group. This group of medical professionals treats more than 90% of children with cancer at over 180 hospitals in the United States.

Children’s Oncology Group wrote THIS treatment protocol that Brock has been on for the last 3 years.

Every little bit helps, friends. It’s only $10 to walk with us. You can even be a ‘virtual walker.’ It would mean so much to my family if you would stand behind us as we try to even the odds for the kids we know who are fighting to live a normal life. You can donate here.

Thank you for how you’ve loved on and supported us during the last 3 years. You have blessed us beyond measure.

Photo: Yep.


  1. Hello sweet courageous Brock!! Leaving you truckloads of love, hugs and prayers as always!

    My wish for you is Jesus,
    He’s all you need today,
    The Mighty God, Prince of Peace,
    The Light, the Truth, the Way,

    He’s with you in times of good,
    He’ll be with you when they are bad,
    Laugh with you on happy days,
    Beside you when you’re sad,

    So look to Him from your heart
    For choices you must make,
    He’ll guide you and protect you,
    In every step you take.

    Isaiah 58:8
    Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.

    (F)ully (R)ely (O)n (G)od

    “An infinite God can give all of Himself to each of His children, He does not distribute Himself that each may have a part, but to each one He gives all of Himself as fully as if there were no others” – A. W. Tozer

    ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ *GOD LOVES YOU* ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

    In His Love,

    C.O.L.E. (Caring Openly, Loving Eternally) Prayer Team
    24/7 Prayer Line 888-365-COLE (2653)

    “There are many Americans who are clever and fearless, but the trouble is many are small children fighting an ugly disease.”

    Comment by Caterina Grove — September 13, 2012 @ 12:54 pm

  2. Vanessa, how do we become involved with the walk?  I couldn’t find anything about where or when we could do the walk or where we might send a donation – probably just overlooked it but if you could let us “oldies” know, we would appreciate it.  Thanks, Robert and Nellyne

    Comment by Bob Hanlin — September 13, 2012 @ 1:47 pm

  3. I found the link.  Nellyne

    Comment by Bob Hanlin — September 13, 2012 @ 2:08 pm

  4. LUV your hero, Brock!!!

    Love ya!!
    C.O.L.E.’s Foundation
    (Caring Openly, Loving Eternally)
    Sandy Daron

    Comment by Sandy Daron — September 13, 2012 @ 5:37 pm

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