In less than ten years social media has taken the world by storm. We can now communicate with almost anyone from anywhere effortlessly and instantly and the ways we use social media are endless: to stay in touch, for entertainment, to express ourselves, or to satisfy our curiosity about a planet millions of miles from earth.
With your help, we plan to harness the power of social media to protect our most vulnerable citizens, our children.
Our goal is to stop a killer, a silent killer that takes the lives of children day after day, 365 days a year. This is the bully or the monster that comes in the middle of the night and steals our kids.
Four years ago, Melinda faced this killer and survived but she was one of the lucky ones. Over 2,500 kids a year die at the hands of this killer called cancer, childhood cancer. What's shocking is that our country is doing very little to prevent these deaths and the public is unaware.
Every day, children are dying. Every day, children are being diagnosed and still nothing is being done about it and people don't know. We didn't know, we didn't have any idea that there was this many families out there, these many children and how terrible these diseases are. Once you do start to realize that, you know that something needs to be done.
Melinda too was unaware until this beast nearly took her live. She vowed that if she survived she would do everything in her power to help expose the truth, eradicate cancer and end the suffering for all children. That brings us to today and this film. She's here to fulfill this promise but she needs your help. We need your help. You have the power to give these kids something that they never had... a voice. They're young, innocent kids who need someone to stand up for them.
The truth is that US government spends billions of dollars a year on cancer research but very little goes directly to childhood cancer research. The government has millions and billions of dollars set aside for cancer research but so little of it is spent on children. It's very little, a fraction.
Right now, it's estimated that about four percent of the National Cancer Institute's budget is directed for childhood cancer research. Kids are dying because they lack treatment options. We cannot sit here and wait for the next 10 years. In 10 years more children will die. You could help stop this by exposing this hidden reality. If people really knew what was going on with little kids, maybe that funding would change.
At the end of this film, we will tell you exactly how you can stand up for these kids in a way that will make a big difference. It takes so little to take a stand and it means too much if thousand, ten thousand, a hundred thousand, a million people take the stand.
2012 - 51 min