A brief diversion from my kindergarten quandary (which I will take up again shortly) to point out that there was a Letter to the Editor in yesterday’s Plain Dealer written by Austin’s oncologist, Dr. Jeff Auletta. He wrote in response to this recent article about a high school dance organized to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Now I obviously think supporting St Jude’s and any other cancer organization is worthy, but I agree with Jeff that there are just as many sick children right here at home who are equally deserving of the community’s dollars.
It’s all sort of ironic because just yesterday Austin’s preschool held its annual Trike-a-Thon to raise money for St. Jude’s. I’ve always been very pleased that the school does this, even before childhood cancer became an integral part of our lives, but now it seems sort of silly — why not create an event to raise money for the kids at Rainbow or the Cleveland Clinic? Why send it all to Memphis when it can do just as much good here in our own backyard?