RAE of Hope – Raising Awareness and Empowerment

Friday September 9, 2016

There’s a new RAE of Hope in the retinoblastoma world this September, Raising Awareness and Empowerment as we shine the light on childhood eye cancer.

The image shows a candle wick apparently dancing within the light of the flame and the muted golden glow encircling it, fading into surrounding darkness. The superimposed quote reads: "Children with cancer are like candles in the wind who accept they are in danger of being extinguished by an unexpected gust, and yet, as they flicker and dance through the storm, their brilliance challenges the darkness and dazzles those of us who watch their light."

Since 2013, the Reid Family has dedicated September – Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, to raising awareness of retinoblastoma, helping children, adult survivors and their families share their experience of retinoblastoma and how it has shaped their lives.

Thomas Reid is a bilateral retinoblastoma survivor and a Director of WE C Hope USA. As a result of radiation when he was a child, he experienced a second cancer that led to the loss of his right eye and total blindness.

Before this, Thomas and his wife Marlett watched as their first born child, Riana, was diagnosed with unilateral retinoblastoma and also lost an eye.

For the past four years, the entire Reid family, which includes their youngest daughter Raven, work together to highlight and share the stories of others impacted by this childhood cancer. This effort was formerly known as PennyPushUps; based on the walk a thon example where a person demonstrates their own commitment and asks others to support the effort. Donors contributed for every completed push-up through the month. Daily videos shared the stories of the various people impacted by this childhood cancer: children, parents, adult survivors and more.

Gone are the push-ups, but the true value remains – the experiences.

Join us as we share stories of those impacted by retinoblastoma… Raising Awareness and Empowerment. Shining a light on a rare childhood cancer!

The RAE of Hope 2016

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