New shoes, backpacks, sharpened pencils, glue sticks, and the butterflies of walking into a classroom on that first day — the start of a new school year each September reminds us of children.
Yet this new beginning also reminds us that some children are not so lucky. On the first day of school – and every other day this year – 46 children will be diagnosed with cancer. That’s two entire classrooms of children each and every school day.
For the 12,500 children diagnosed with cancer this year, this special day magnifies the reality that they may look different, they may be in the hospital, and they may miss the joy of this and other milestones.