The topic below was originally posted yesterday, on my blog the Intrepid Liberal Journal. I realize it's not the norm for a political blog and appreciate readers here at The Peace Tree taking the time.
Allow me to take a moment and divert from my standard political blog writing. I realize fellow activists who visit this site are currently consumed by the presidential election and the grand issues at stake this political season. However, we should not overlook other life and death issues that too easily escape our attention. Cancer is a silent killer responsible for the deaths of millions. We all know friends or family who have contracted this insidious disease. Specifically, Leukemia is among the cruelest and often targets the young.
The niece of a good friend of mine was diagnosed with Leukemia last year. The impact on her family has motivated my friend to help raise money for the Pediatric Leukemia Fund at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. This fund supports the research of doctors so children such as my friend's niece have a better chance of surviving.
You can make a donation online with your credit card by clicking here.
Another option is to attend a New York City fundraising event starting at 6pm on June 25th at Eamonns Bar and Grill, located at 9 East 45 Street between Madison & Fifth Avenues. At this event, my friend will raffle off framed photographs from Antarctica and Africa.
The cost of one raffle ticket is $25, and there is no limit to the number of tickets you may purchase. All the money raised from the raffle will go to the charity. You may purchase as many tickets as you like. My friend will bring a list of people who have made online donations so she can give you your raffle tickets upon arrival (e.g., if you donate $100 online beforehand, you will be given 4 raffle tickets at Eamonn's).
Eamonn's is kindly allowing their space to be used with a regular cash bar, and the raffle will take place at 7:30pm. To win you must show up.
Lives are at stake, so please spread the word to as many people as you can.