Outside of running American Continuing Education, my wife Michelle and I (Steve) are active directors of the North Texas Chapter of the Cure Starts Now, in honor of our 12 year old daughter Sydney who passed away on June 26, 2013 after battling her DIPG brain tumor for 13 months. Sydney’s last wish was that no other child would have to go through what she and other children diagnosed with terminal brain cancer endure. We promised Sydney we would dedicate the rest of our lives to bring awareness and raise funding to help find a cure for childhood cancer. Sydney is right; no child should ever have to go through what she had to endure with no hope for a cure. No family should watch cancer rob their child of their abilities, one by one, eventually robbing them of the ability to move, to swallow, and breathe to live.
We firmly believe, together, we can ultimately win this battle by raising awareness for pediatric brain cancers. Awareness leads to increased funding, which we raise in honor of all children who have lost their battle with cancer. The North Texas Chapter of The Cure Starts Now is very active. You can view our upcoming events or donate by clicking here.
The Cure Starts Now is a 501c3 Federal Non-Profit organization consisting mostly of families like ours that have lost a child to cancer. We work tirelessly to raise funds and awareness dedicated to finding the "homerun" cure for ALL cancers, starting with one of the most deadly and difficult cancers: pediatric brain cancer. This year, The Cure Starts Now will fund over 2.5 million dollars in grants to the top researches and doctors in the world. You can view the grants already funded here. Sydney’s story is the reason we started our life time mission of raising awareness and money for childhood cancer.
After our daughter passed, we learned the statistics of childhood cancer. The statistics are what drive us every day to work harder. The statistics keep us up at night. Michelle is a Physical Therapist and has worked many years in the medical field and is ashamed that she did not know childhood cancer statistics!
Sydney’s beautiful spirit is strong within us as we stand together to fight for the children who have lost their battle to pediatric cancer, for the children currently battling, and for the children who will be diagnosed tomorrow! We know that no matter what we do, we will never get our daughter back. However, we cannot look another child or parent in the eyes and not feel we have done everything humanly possible to provide them with Real Hope that Sydney and so many other children diagnosed with cancer do not have.
Thanks so much for spending the time to get informed. Feel free to browse The Cure Starts Now web site for additional information. This is a great organization striving to find a cure for our kids. If you would like to donate, be a sponsor for one of our events, or have any questions please contact Michelle via email: Michelle.Bjornberg@thecurestartsnow.org.
We direct the North Texas Chapter of The Cure Starts Now foundation to raise awareness and funds for children's cancer research in memory of our daughter Sydney Reece Bjornberg.