|Joey and The Jersey Momma's Boy at the last birthday party they spent together.|
|Holland 'Herm' Gregg, photo courtesy/property of patiencebrewster.com|
On a side note, Patience Brewster is an amazing artist, as you can see on her website. She creates gorgeous hand-sculpted ornaments and other unique gifts, some of which help fund cancer research. But more on that in a minute.
|Patience Brewster (right) hard at work. Photo property/courtesy of patiencebrewster.com|
How Can You Help?
How can you help? First and foremost, start by sharing your stories. Words have power, and social media is an influential tool. If you have a story to tell about a loved one you've lost to cancer, share it. Tell others about them, bring awareness to the disease, and do what you can to help raise research funds.
|The last Easter egg hunt The Jersey Momma's Boy and Joey had together.|
You can support the organizations that research cures for cancers. A good start is the Holland C. Gregg IV Research Foundation, which was started by Patience Brewster's family, and helps fund research for the LLS.
Patience Brewster also creates an adorable ornament every year for the LLS (Leukemia and Lymphoma Society) in her son's honor. Proceeds from this ornament go towards finding better treatment options as well as a cure. This year's LLC ornament is a beautiful 'Spreading the Love' heart. You can purchase it here.
This is not an affiliated post. I don't profit or benefit from anything I wrote about here. I just hope to bring awareness to the battles that others are facing, and to honor those lost so senselessly.
You don't just lose your loved one to cancer. You lose the life you had with them. Not only do you long for your lost family member or friend, but you long for the life you had with them. You long for it all to be the way it was. Nothing is ever the same. Holidays, birthdays, special celebrations- there is always a void, always a hole left where they used to be. Cancer is a monster that needs to be stopped. I hope that you'll join me in supporting one of these amazing causes, and help to fund the research that is so desperately needed.