Nature is going gold here in the heart of the Midwest.


“A child’s giggle is worth one hundred pounds of gold.”
― Amy Leigh Mercree


Let me introduce you to someone who has been inspiring me since I met her nine years ago.  Perhaps you have heard from her this month (I hope so!).  Please take a peak at this video; I promise it will be the best few minutes you spend online today.

Once you hear Annie’s story you will want to use these final days of September to take action in a way that is meaningful to you.  Let’s rally beside Annie and create a golden bridge of hope.

Annie quote Gold in September

The options for getting involved are endless, but here are a few ideas to support G9.

gold in september

  • Donate to a pediatric cancer charity in your area or consider supporting the I Back Jack Foundation.
  • Whisper (or shout) prayers of resilience for kids affected and then pray for their nurturing families.
  • Follow G9 on Twitter.
  • Pray for the medical teams providing treatment or conducting research.
  • Wear G9 apparel (available at or click here).
  • Write your representatives in congress asking for government’s funding of pediatric cancer research.
  • Support or launch a childhood cancer initiative in your backyard. As Margaret Mead once said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
  • Contact your local Children’s Hospital to inquire about items they might need (books?) or inquire about volunteer opportunities.
  • If you are able, consider donating blood. Or volunteer at a local blood drive.
  • Hop over to the Gold in September Facebook page and “like” it.  If only there were a “love” button!
jack NYC marathon 2006

Jack in 2006 after a dear friend and I ran the NYC marathon in Jack’s honor, raising funds for pediatric cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering.

In case you want to hear more about Jack’s story,

please visit the I Back Jack Foundation website at

Jack inspires me to action.  He always will.


Let’s take action before the calendar flips and we welcome October.

In case you were waiting for it – yes I have a song tip.  Ok two.  Check out B. Reith and his epic track, How the Story Ends and Josh Wilson’s Pushing Back the Dark.


I would love to hear your story in the comments.