I was in Hawaii, vacationing with my family. Well, I was actually upstairs in my hotel room working while my family was downstairs on the beach. And clicking around the Facebook group I share with nearly 800 dad bloggers, I saw Oren’s June 3rd post titled “Cancer“.
In it, you can imagine what A Blogger and a Father author Oren Miller described; his fear, his clarity. His future – what he suspects, and what has been suspected of him. But he also described a scene that was too familiar: in 2010, his family was vacationing at a beach, and while everyone had fun, he was preoccupied with work. I read that between browser tabs…of work. From time to time, my wife would text me from down at the beach, asking if I was “anywhere close to done.”
In times of troubles, artists usually get to work. One father is taking his troubled time and creating a game as he deals with his son’s cancer.
In video games, very generally speaking, there’s a hero, a villain, and you get from Point A to Point B. But in Ryan Green’s That Dragon: Cancer, the equation changes.
Green, a video game developer by trade and a father of four, created That Dragon: Cancer as a way to not only focus his own emotion about his son’s illness, but to help others walk in the shoes of a family dealing with cancer.
By now, your Facebook timeline has been flooded with baby-faced dudes talking about Movember (it’s Day 5, you know). Maybe you know Movember has something to do with cancer awareness, or maybe you think this is all just for fun.
Movember, is in fact, a month of prostate and testicular cancer fundraising done the best way a man can: by growing a mustache and flaunting it like a peacock. The global trend is getting more attention this year, and even 8BitDad is getting in on the action!
Mike Massé, talented musician and Louis CK stunt double, is from Utah and has a flawless voice. He’s been recording some really solid performances at Salt Lake City’s Pie Pizzeria and uploading those videos to his YouTube channel. He’s been doing this for a couple of years now, where each video gets an average of 100-200k hits (my personal favorites, which give me chills, are the Radiohead covers). As a musician, I can respect the amount of talent it takes to perform a good song live and do it flawlessly.
His most recent solo performance is quite possibly the most important one he has done and will ever do.
Before the music even starts, the video begins with a heart-wrenching intro where Mike briefly explains his 1-year-old son’s condition. On July 5th, 2012, his 11-month-old son, Noah, was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. Two weeks later he recorded this video.
It’s a powerful and simple introduction that emotionally resonates in your soul as you hear the audible pain of his speaking voice. His two-camera performance of the Beatles’ “Let It Be” is beautifully haunting. Check it out and download the song to donate.
At just 23 months old, Evan Gabor was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common type of leukemia among children. Leukemia, like other cancers, results from mutations in the DNA. No single known cause for any of the different types of leukemia exists. And if that wasn’t sh*tty enough, survival rates vary by age: 85% in children and 50% in adults.
The good: more and more children are kicking leukemia’s ass and we’re happy to report that Evan, now six years old, is rocking the battle against cancer with help from family, friends and even random supporters. “It’s a beautiful thing to have this much support from strangers, even, coming up to me and knowing that I’m Evan’s mom and knowing that they’re here to help Evan in doing research for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, ” says Evan’s mother, Jennifer Kearns-Gabor. She also told 8BitDad that Evan’s older brother, Trevor, is a perfect match for a bone marrow transplant operation within the next couple of weeks.
There’s no question that technology has evolved over the past 60 years in the fight against cancer. When LLS was founded in 1949, a blood cancer diagnosis was almost always fatal. Due to innovative research funded by LLS, survival rates have doubled, tripled and even quadrupled for blood cancer patients.
Donating is a great way to support cancer research. But what if you’re not financially viable to make it rain and want to give emotional support? Well guess what, technology has helped out in that area too! In more recent years, we’ve been noticing a popular trend of “Team X” where friends and family members organize events based around battling a serious disease. These events are organized and set up mostly by word of mouth through family and friends and have been spreading on Facebook and Twitter. You can easily search and jump into a child’s support system buffered by the parent(s), which is awesome.
Though we had never met Evan, 8BitDad made its connection to the Art For A Cure event that was held on June 30th. We found out about the event on Facebook through high school/grade school friends from over 20+ years ago.
Depending on where you’re reading the story about six year old Drew Cox, you get a different taste in your mouth. From local affiliates and mom-blogs, you get a sense of heart-warming lemony-goodness. But Boing Boing‘s Xeni Jardin wants you to remember something: these “heart-warming” stories highlight the sad fact that the state of health care in the United States is absolutely abominable.
As the crow flies, Texas father Randy Cox has a rare form of cancer. Cox can’t afford his medical bills (who can?), and his six year old son, Drew, raised $10,000 to help dad out. “Doctors gave an excellent prognosis,” says the Cox family’s fundraising website, “and thinks he only needs 4 cycles of chemotherapy using 2 medications. He goes 6 hours a day for a week and then off for two weeks before the next cycle begins.”
But Drew didn’t raise $10,000 for his dad with a fundraising website. Drew did it, incredibly, with a lemonade stand.