I want to share a story.
When I was in 8th grade I was diagnosed with a brain tumor. I had a few extremely awful migraine headaches and an MRI before doctors confirmed that there was a growth the size of a golf ball in my forehead. I won’t elaborate on the details of the operation but long story short, they got that thing out and before I knew it, I was back to being a normal kid; other than the daily trips into the city to receive radiation on the area and losing a little bit of hair, enough that my right side-burn was completely detached from the rest of my hair. I even got a sweet titanium plate put into my forehead! I found out later that the tumor had been cancerous.
I had what the doctors called an anaplastic ganglioglioma. Google it. You’re not going to find much information. That’s because I was the 12th person in the modern world to have contracted it. More incredible still, I was only the third to survive it.
I was able to basically get right back into my normal routine. I got back to school in less than a week, kept my spot as Conrad Birdie in the school musical, rejoined the crew team, and generally went back to being a normal kid.
For most child cancer patients, it’s not that easy. They require more extensive treatments, are out for longer periods of time, and have more trouble feeling “normal” again. Every day, 46 children are diagnosed with various forms of cancer.
The University of Delaware is hosting a fundraiser to help these kids. It’s called UDance and benefits the B+ (Be Positive) foundation for childhood cancer related research. Basically we pledge to stay on our feet dancing for 12 hours straight to show some of the B+ heroes (children currently battling cancer) that we support them and the reality that they can’t rest even for a second in their fight against cancer. Last year, UDance alone raised around $46,000! This is nothing compared to what some fundraisers have done, but we’re doing our part. It would be really awesome, if you’re reading this, for you to give a donation to UDance. Any amount helps and would be hugely appreciated.
If you would like to donate, I’ve included a link to the donation page of the UDance website. You can donate through me, Nicholas Ippolito, through my group, James Smith 3rd Floor, or through any individual or group. It doesn’t matter who gets the recognition, as long as we can help these kids.
If you would like more information about UDance or the B+ foundations or my story feel free check out the respective websites or to shoot me a message, I’d be happy to help out.
UDance Website: http://www.udancedelaware.org/
B+ website: http://www.bepositive.org/
Is marijuana really that big of a deal in 2012? Is a teenager getting high really a news story? Must I always put three questions in a row? No, no, and yes. Marijuana hasn’t been controversial to the majority of the American public since the mid 1960s. It has been proven to be less harmful than cigarettes and alcohol, both of which are totally legal… and totally taxable. Not to bring out the old line that marijuana is illegal because you can’t tax it but marijuana is illegal in this country because it’s difficult to tax. Tobacco, which kills 6 million people a year and one person every 4 seconds, is completely legal. Between 1999 and 2007, there were 26 reported death from marijuana. According to the CDC, you’d have to smoke 800 joints in a day to die from marijuana. While some people might welcome that as a challenge, the fact is that marijuana is pretty damn harmless compared to most any other adult addiction. Bieber smoking a joint shouldn’t be headline news and TMZ should know better. While I understand they have a job to do and a pageview quota to fulfill (don’t we all in this wonderful new age of journalism?) their battles shouldn’t be against marijuana – smoking marijuana is no controversy.— Does anyone really give a shit that Justin Bieber smoked some pot? (via nedhepburn)210