Dear Vice President Biden,
I am hoping this letter will reach your hands and possibly will continue to reach your heart. I am a mother of three children, two of which are here with me on earth and one who has earned his angels wings at the age of 7. Griffin was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme, a rare form of brain cancer the day after his 6th birthday. He underwent an intricate brain surgery, 33 radiation treatments and countless rounds of chemotherapy. He did all of this and still would raise his hands in the air and say, “It’s a great day to be alive”! Sadly, Griffin fell right into the textbook medical statistics, “Life expectancy of 14 months” and he passed away the month after his 7th birthday on September 12, 2014.
During Griffin’s battle with cancer he taught us what true courage is, he taught us to never give up, he taught us to keep smiling and most importantly he taught us the definition of complete, unconditional love. I will NEVER say he lost his battle to cancer but that he won… he won the hearts of so many! His presence here on earth was a gift to all of those who knew him and in his honor we will carry on his fight against Pediatric Cancer and we promise to NEVER, EVER give up!
I am writing to you because I know that you have lost a child to this beast and I give you and the entire Biden family my deepest sympathy. I know you feel the determination, the commitment, the love that can help make a difference in the world of cancer and you have only just begun with the Cancer Moonshot initiative. Like you, Griffin’s family and friends wanted to make a difference in the world of cancer in Syracuse, NY and created a recognized, non-profit organization called Griffin’s Guardians in Griffin’s honor. Griffin’s Guardians mission is to raise awareness for Pediatric Cancer, fund Pediatric Cancer Research and to provide financial and emotional support to families with a child battling cancer in Central New York. They have recently partnered with St Baldrick’s Foundation and are partially funding a Pediatric Cancer Research Grant at the University of Michigan. Griffin’s Guardians has raised over $250,000 in its’ first 20 months and are determined to make a difference and won’t give up until we have a cure.
Vice President Biden it would be an honor if you would speak at our 3rd Annual Gold Tie Gala to be held at the Marriot Downtown Syracuse (formerly Hotel Syracuse), Syracuse, NY on Saturday, September 30, 2017. Every father deserves to teach his children, every sibling deserves to make endless memories and every mother deserves to feel their children. Please join me in making this possible for every mother and father and please help us to create ripples.
“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” ~Mother Teresa
With Love, determination and sympathy,
Erin Engle & family