Today Elora celebrates her 15th birthday. But she celebrates without her twin, Ariel, who passed away in December. Ariel was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma in October 2007, just as my brother was finishing up treatment. She relapsed multiple times, fighting metastasizes in her spine and brain, and battled fiercely. Cancer took her before her time, leaving her twin without her.
Ariel is just one of the many warriors who inspires me to fight against cancer. Today, think of all the birthdays that were never celebrated because of childhood cancer.