Why Do We Contribute?

Family has always been the main focus of my life. So when my wife told me her baby brother's story, it saddened me. She was only 7 years old at the time when her life changed forever. This story is told from my wife's point of view.

2005 was the year that changed my life forever. When I was 7 years old, all I would do all day and night was play and mess with my little siblings. I had a sister (4 yrs.) and a Brother (2 yrs.).

The year was going by as any other year would until one day my little brother had gotten sick. My parents took him to the doctor and they said it was just a cold and thought nothing of it. So my parents gave him medicine proscribed by the doctors. But this time it lasted a lot longer than it usually would and he started showing other unusual symptoms.

He would cry most of the time about how much pain he was in. So they took him back to the doctor where they ran more tests. Afterward, they gave my parents information about a specialist to take him to get a better answer as to why he was in so much pain.

Once the specialist ran all the tests needed they came back to my parents to inform them that my little brother has a rare cancer found in his spinal cord. We were told he would only have months to live. We all felt so hopeless because there was nothing we could do.

The doctors said that it was too late for him and that the cancer had been in him for too long. I had to see my little brother go from being happy and cheerful all the time to being in so much pain. 

A month later after my brother's passing my whole family changed, my mother and father went into a deep depression and it felt as if all the joy in life had been taken away. No parent should have to bury a child, especially at such a young age. 

Since then I've always wanted to help any child who has cancer so they don't have to go through the pain that my brother and family had to go through.

That is why we will be donating 3% of all purchases to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital to give families a better chance. So they won't have to go through what my family went through.