My Christmas wish this year, and every year, is for there to be more awareness, funding and cures for childhood cancer, which is by far the No. 1 disease killer of our children.
I wish for cures so a child can live to be 90, not 9. I wish for cures so that when a parent hears, “Your child has cancer,” they will also hear, “but there is a cure.”
I wish the National Cancer Institute would allocate more than 4 percent of its budget for research specific to childhood cancers. I wish for less toxic cures so children can enjoy their childhood and not have to worry about chemo, their hair falling out and lifelong side effects from antiquated treatments.
I wish for all of America to make childhood cancer a priority.
Nicole Yarrow, Lowell