This place is Hope.
Cancer doesn't discriminate based on age, race or nationality. Just sit ten minutes in this pediatric and adolescent clinic at MD Anderson. What you hear is amazing. Behind me a masked 3 year old watches a cartoon in Japanese on his iPad. To my left a family speaks in Spanish around their hairless teenager. A Swedish family with a teenager with Down Syndrome who is also fighting Leukemia sits at my 1:00. She kisses her mom often. At 9:00 there's a black 11 year old asking a 12 year old Mexican boy how old he is. They both have newly growing back hair which does not yet conceal the ports in their heads. The playroom at 11:00 houses a woman in a burqa entertaining her daughter speaking what sounds like Arabic. There are wigs and hats and bald heads everywhere, and surprisingly most are smiling. This place is hope.
Posted on Tue, January 22, 2013
by Andrea Decker