I have a friend who has a daughter the same age as my twins. This sweet little princess was actually born 12 weeks premature. And survived. But her battle isn’t over. At 2 she was diagnosed with Leukemia and has been sick ever since.
Although she is a very happy child (despite the horrible disease), she does miss out on things that normal 4 year olds do – learning to ride a bike, going to preschool, going to a museum or amusement park. I can’t imagine my children not going to bounce around at Pump it Up or not being able to plan a trip to see Mickey Mouse and ride the rides in Disneyland, things that I did when I was little.
I am lucky that my children are healthy. But there are so many that aren’t – whether it’s something as serious as cancer or something as easy to control as vitamin deficiency.
The good news is that anyone can help. Vitamin supplementation is a simple and cost-effective way to give childhood back to at-risk children. Just 25 cents will give one child the vitamin A he or she needs for the entire year.