What is awareness without action?

And who the heck is Texas Twister?

I don't know who this guy is, but he did the job. Read about Marvel Comics' Texas Twister by clicking the image above.

I don’t know who this guy is, but he did the job. Read about Marvel Comics’ Texas Twister by clicking here.

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and I have been taking part in one of those social-media “awareness” events since Thursday.  It was supposed to last 24 hours, but after taking on a comic-book character identity on Facebook, I started asking myself one of those questions I tell my student journalists is critical to their lives and careers:  Why?

What is awareness?  How does it work?  Am I going to do anything more than just be aware?


It’s a highly appropriate question and clearly relates to the subject at hand, which is children.  “Why” is one of their favorite words and often the bane of parenthood, but as a dad and journalism educator, I find the “why” question pretty easy to answer in this case.

Because we’re responsible for them.  Because we love them.  Because their sweetness and innocence remind us of who we all were and should be. Because I can’t stand to see a child hurt, or a parent hurt when a child is hurt.

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