Dear Childhood Cancer,

I hate you. You’re the worst.

I want to scream and kick and punch and yank and spit at you with everything in me. It’s not fair. These kids didn’t choose this fight. They are young and shining and happy and alive, and you try to take that all away. You try to break them. You try to wear them out. You try to win.

But, Cancer, you have not won. Look at the faces of these children that you have tried to break. These faces are filled with bravery, love, strength, courage, and hope. These are the faces of fighters. 


These sweet friends of mine touch the lives of every single person they encounter.  They are POWERFUL. With one smile, one laugh, and one hug; they move an entire community to tears.

Oh, I bet you’re scared now.

On April 1st, 2017, we gave you a hard kick to the gut. Myself, along with hundreds of other students at The University of Tennessee came together through an organization called For the Kids at UTK with one purpose: TO END YOU. Our family, friends, students, and community raised $77.599.02 this year alone so that you cannot harm our kids any longer.

For the Kids at UTK is a student run philanthropy that raises money year round for kids fighting cancer and other blood disorders at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. Our organization here at UTK is a single branch of the larger tree that is Dance Marathon. Schools and students all over the nation participate in this movement, raising millions of dollars for kids with cancer in support of their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.

Kids can’t fight cancer alone, and that’s why we do what we do.

So, Cancer, You should be afraid. VERY afraid.


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