"As a parent, the worst news you can ever receive is that your child has cancer. Or so we thought," says mom Jill. "When we were told there was nothing more that could be done to save his life, that became the worst news," she continues. "It is our mission and now our passion to bring awareness to the fight our littlest heroes are fighting every day. No child should have to fight for their life because of a beast named cancer and no child should lose their life to that same beast." The National Cancer Institute designates less than 4% of their budget to Pediatric Cancer Research. "In the past 20 years, only 3 new drugs have been approved by the FDA to fight Pediatric Cancer…only 3! The 3rd drug was approved in 2015. Our kids deserve more than 4% and more than 3 drugs every 20 years. We hope to be a part of the movement to change those numbers," says Jill.
Worldwide, September is recognized as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Gold is the color for Childhood Cancer. Many buildings, businesses and sports teams “Go Gold” throughout the month. In 2016, David and Jill created the Campbell Bulldog Fund for Childhood Cancer Awareness and Research at the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson to raise awareness throughout Mississippi. We are working with the Children’s Cancer Clinic at Batson Hospital for Children to bring awareness to the people of Mississippi about a subject that is hard to fathom, much less talk about which is children fighting for their lives and some even losing their life. Because of the combined efforts of several metro-area schools, sponsor Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company, and the generous people of Mississippi, David and Jill were able to present a check from the Campbell Bulldog Fund at the CFGJ for $30,000 to the Children’s Cancer Clinic at Batson Children’s Hospital designated for research for childhood cancer.
To learn more about the Going Gold For MS Kids campaign, click here. Inspiration Mississippi hopes you will Go Gold during the month of September to honor the youngest heroes fighting the biggest battle.