Archive: Nov 2017

  1. The Voice of a Pediatric Cancer Patient – Mikey’s Wisdom

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    Words of Wisdom For Patients and People Who Love Them

    by Les Friedman, Mikey’s Dad

    Mikey penned the bulk of his writing when he was 16 and 17. Two days after his 15th birthday, Mikey was diagnosed with cancer and began treatment shortly thereafter, so by the time he started writing, he was very well acquainted with the cancer treatment process.

    Mikey was a fast learner.  He understood cancer, he understood life.  Although the youngest in the family, Mikey quickly became an old soul in a young body.  He had tremendous insight and wisdom.  He had an amazing ability to put into words what so many of us take for granted, don’t appreciate or just plain don’t see.  One couldn’t help but be touched by his unparalleled giving nature, his unique sense of humor or his uncanny understanding of life, particularly in the last two or three years of his life.

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  2. Planting a Seed of Hope for Pediatric Cancer Patients

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    “Every choice we make is a seed”

    Mikey’s words (at 16 years of age), his spirit and his attitude inspire us every day as we carry out the work that he began during his brief lifetime.  In his own words, he eloquently and profoundly captured what would ultimately reflect his legacy:

    “The choices we make dictate the lives we lead” (author unknown).  We might wish and hope that the world will prosper and grow to be a better place, but if our choices fail to reflect this ambition, our intentions will be rendered irrelevant.  Every choice we make is a seed.  A consequence sprouts from each of these seeds.  Ultimately, the consequence stands as the only indicator that a choice was ever made.  As thunder trails lightening, consequence is the great betrayer of choice.  For this reason, our intentions can only manifest themselves through the consequences of the choices we make.  Mikey Friedman

    The ripple effect and the intensity of the “choice” Mikey made to help children facing the emotional and physical hardships of long-term debilitating treatment resonates through all those touched by the very person that he was.

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