A Child Is Worth More Than A Cartoon Dog

(NOTE: Based on time elapsed since the posting of this entry, the BS-o-meter calculates this is 7.236% likely to be something that Ferrett now regrets.)

My goddaughter Rebecca has brain cancer, and may pass on before she sees her seventh birthday.  So naturally, this fact sent me spluttering into rage:
There are 120,000 signatures to bring back Brian the Dog on Family Guy.
There are 1,500 signatures to increase funding for children’s cancer.
And, no; no.  I don’t want to hear it.  There are all sorts of understandable root causes as to why a cartoon dog gets more attention than dying kids, and I’m sure you can make excuses for humanity, but I’m not going to listen today.
I’m going to fight it.
Here’s the deal: For every donation you make to the Cure Search For Children’s Cancer Fund in Rebecca Meyer’s name before December 31st, 2013, I will match that donation (Up to $500.)   The thing about children’s cancer is that we think we’ve whipped it, but in many cases mortality rates for kids are worse than for adults.  And nobody likes staring into that abyss.  Much more pleasant to watch Family Guy, which at least gives you a few laughs along the way.
But kids need the damn help.  So if you donate, I will, and we’ll make the world a better place.  (And while you’re at it, take a few moments to sign the petition to increase funding for children’s cancer from its current small base of 4% of total funding.)

2 Comments

  1. Cheryl
    Dec 3, 2013

    I found out two weeks ago that a dear friend of mine, my age (early 40’s), has a brain tumor. Even though we don’t have any sort of prognosis, the news was still devastating to me. I can only imagine how much worse it is when you’re getting that news about a child — someone who’s barely begun living. It’s horrible.
    I don’t really feel like I can donate right now, but I signed the petition and gave your tweet a signal boost. I think it’s wonderful that you’re taking positive action to raise funds and spread the word about this worthy cause.
    Best wishes and peace to you,
    Cheryl

    • TheFerrett
      Dec 4, 2013

      Thank you for the signal boost. Not everyone can give money, or be expected to, but any action is wonderful.
      I hope your friend will be okay.

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