There's a teenage girl with cancer at a local high school. Specifically, she's the youngest person to ever have stage 4 colon cancer. Friends and family set up a fundraiser, just like many families of someone with cancer do, selling t-shirts to support her. Because of her unique diagnosis, it got local news coverage, which led to wider news coverage, visit from a pro football player who grew up here, a 5k run organized just to raise money for her, the governor visited this week and included a portion of his speech devoted to her.
Anywhere you go in town, you see the t-shirts. Hair salons are offering both pink and purple hair extensions this month - pink for breast cancer awareness, purple for this girl - purple seems more popular. Thousands of people are involved now, many who don't even know her.
And to get this clear before someone goes into bitch mode - I think it's awesome that this girl is getting so much support and that her family has so many people to rely on. That said, she is not the only person in town with cancer. She is not the only child in town with cancer. Any other family who attempted such a wide scale fundraiser for their own child at this point would be viewed as either trying to steal her thunder, or simply ignored because people already did something to make them feel good about themselves. I have to wonder what it's like for these other families who turn on the news at 5am while they're getting ready to drive the 3 hours for yet another chemo treatment, and they see another heartwarming story about the entire city doing everything they can for one child (updates on the fundraising events are featured regularly).
This isn't the first time it's happened - in other cities, at other times, communities have rallied around a single family above all others, even if they weren't unique in a situation. When it does happen, does the good for the one family outweigh the impact on other families who are going through the same thing without the same support, possibly with less support than they would normally have received?
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