Don't Label My Late Child a Hero

July 28, 2014 7:42 PM

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Don't Label My Late Child a Hero

We know that kids with cancer are heroes, right? The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society organizes an annual prom for its "little heroes" and a St. Jude affiliate clinic features a "wall of heroes," depicting young cancer patients. And cancer parents' CaringBridge sites routinely mention their child's heroism.

But does a cancer diagnosis confer hero status? Not if you consider that cancer doesn't discriminate on the basis of niceness. If it strikes children like my own 12-year-old, it has also seized the lives of the despot Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the "night stalker" Richard Ramirez and the controver...

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