Grab your tissues. This is what Pulitzer Prizes are for.

It’s coming up on 3 years for me as a pediatric oncology fellow. As I’ve discussed earlier in this blog, it take an increasing amount to generate an overt emotional response. I’ve come to the conclusion that this is due to the fact that my emotional range has been severely re-calibrated as a result of my experiences.

Therefore, it is a testament to the power and beauty of the photographs that earned Renee Byer, of The Sacramento Bee the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Feature reporting that tears welled up in my eyes as I scrolled through the twenty photographs documenting Derek Maden, and his mother Cyndie French, during his 11-month battle against neuroblastoma. I’m certain that you will find these photographs as compelling and heartbreaking as I did. Their honesty and intimacy blew me away. They are by far the most accurate a portrayal of childhood cancer as I have seen in the lay press, and triggered flashbacks of the children that I’ve seen whither away as a result of their disease.

I hope that these photos will motivate you to consider joining the fight against childhood cancer – either by writing your federal representatives to argue for more support for cancer research – or more directly, by making a donation to my 2007 Pan-Mass Challenge effort. A good part of the money that I raise goes directly to helping support children and families during their cancer treatment.

A small donation, no matter what the amount, will help. Please visit my website – Ride For Them – read the stories of the children that I take care of, and consider helping me in this important effort.


[NB: Thanks to Mark Hemingway at MetaFilter for bringing this to my attention.]