Yesterday has come and gone. The buildup is over and now we wait. We spoke to congressmen about a bill that needs to be passed to raise funds for pediatric cancer research, the STAR act. We told our story a lot. There were lots of tears, and I am sure Hayes’ picture spoke to people. I felt like I was pleading with people to listen and FEEL our story. I felt like they did. He is fulfilling a mission. It is amazing to be a part of. All we can do now is wait and see if what we said made an impact.
While growing up I always thought I wanted to be a politician. I had a dad that genuinely believed in me and would tell me I could be the President of the United States if that is what I wanted. To be honest, now that I am older, I have no desire to be a politician. I am completely out of my area of expertise and seeing the behind the scenes in DC yesterday, it is even more clear that politics is not any desire of mine. It has been an interesting experience! But, I hate when I start to question myself and what I can actually accomplish.
Can I, a young mom from the west, that didn’t graduate from college and stays at home with her kids really make a difference? I read a quote the other day that really stuck out to me.
“People who really want to make a difference in the world usually do it, in one way or another. And I’ve noticed something about people who make a difference in the world: They hold the unshakeable conviction that individuals are extremely important, that every life matters. They get excited over one smile. They are willing to feed one stomach, educate one mind, and treat one wound. They aren’t determined to revolutionize the world all at once; they’re satisfied with small changes. Over time, though, the small changes add up. Sometimes they even transform cities and nations, and yes, the world.” – Beth Clark
If Hayes taught me anything, he taught me that every individual holds value! We all have the ability to make life better for those we stand by. Standing up for childhood cancer research isn’t going to change what has happened to my sweet Hayes. But, if I can help other families, ease their burdens and hopefully increase research, maybe other families won’t have to go through what we did. It is easy to hide away after a tragedy, but I don’t want to look back in ten years, on this moment, and imagine how much of a difference we could have made, but we were too afraid. In ten years I want to tell the world that fear tried to break my family down but we pushed through and didn’t let it. We chose to stand up for thousands and honor our Hayes.
So, now what? We keep fighting. And now is when you can help. Sometimes, getting involved from a legislative standpoint seems very overwhelming. There are so many organizations that can help you get involved from a grass roots level! Our government needs to be held accountable to make sure that they are doing everything they can to stand up for our children. Join Speak Up for Kids’ Cancer. It is free and easy and will help you stay in the know about the most important childhood cancer issues and legislation and give you everything you need to take action and write your congressmen. Go #HayesArmy!!