September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month (proclaimed in 2010 by President Obama). Unfortunately, a lot of us know a family, or families, who have been effected by Childhood Cancer. Just 8 months ago my dear friend Amy Raub watched as her son Bryce earned his angel wings.  Bryce was almost 2 years old and quite honestly the sweetest little boy I have ever had the privilege of meeting.

On September 21 at Union Station in Washington DC, 46 mothers (my friend Amy is one of them!) from around the country will gather to shave their heads in solidarity with their children who have fought or are currently fighting cancer.  These 46 women call themselves the “46 Mommas.”  Here’s a video from last years event (grab a tissue or two):

 Why the 46 Mommas? This group represents the startling reality that each weekday 46 families are told that their child has cancer. The Mommas come from all over the country, and there may be one from your area.  Here are the 46 Mommas:

46 Mommas

Amber Burns                                  Chillicothe, MO, 64601, US

Amy Brennfoerder                       Plano, TX, 75025, US

Amy Cagle                                        Guntersville, AL, 35976, US

Amy Carter                                      Arlington, TN, 38002, US

Amy Raub                                        Grand Prairie, TX, 75052, US

Angela Atherton                           Carlsbad, CA, 92009, US

Annemarie Kulikowski                Rockland, MA, 02370, US

Bonnie Mulieri                               Holbrook, NY, 11741, US

Brandy Pace                                    Jonesboro , AR, 72401, US

Brittany Snead-Butcher              Coal Grove, OH, 45638, US

Cheryl Alonso                                 Radcliff, KY, 40160, US

Danielle Leach                                Arlington, VA, 22204, US

Dawn Talley                                     Little Rock, AR, 72205, US

Deb Fuller                                        Woodstock, IL, 60098, US

Debbie DePew                               New Pensington, PA, 15068, US

Debra Nickell                                  Milford, OH, 45150, US

Diana Foley                                      PLANTATION, FL, 33324, US

Diana Lipski                                      Madison, AL, 35756, US

Donna Cassidy                                Hartsville, SC, 29550, US

Ginette Lamberti-Lacchini         Staten Island, NY, 10301, US

Holly Carr                                          Wendell, NC, 27591, US

Janet Pollok                                     Bastrop, TX, 78602, US

Jennifer Cartwright                      Wichita Falls, TX, 76308, US

Jennifer Malcolm                          Gibsonton, FL, 33534, US

Jessica Diaz                                      Rialto, CA, 92376, US

Jessica  Jensen                               Spokane Valley, WA, 99216, US

Jodie Louthain                                Greenwood, IN, 46142, US

Jodie Nunn                                      Morley, MI, 49336, US

Karen Singletary                            Cairo, GA, 39828, US

Kathleen Henry                             Fayetteville, NC, 28314, US

Kelli Tracy                                         Marietta, GA, 30066, US

Kim Blue                                           Wilkinson, IN, 46186, US

Laurie LeSage                                 Angola, IN, 46703, US

Maggie Travers                              Cordova, TN, 38016, US

Melissa  Whipple                           Canastota, NY, 13032, US

Mindi Finch                                      Spokane, WA, 99223, US

Monica  Fochtman (Marelis)    Okemos, MI, 48864, US

Nakia Arrington                             Raleigh, NC, 27610, US

Patti Phillips                                     Luthersville, GA, 30251, US

Rebecca Thacker                           Fort Bragg, NC, 28307, US

Rhonda Ebrom                               Corpus Christi , TX, 78412, US

Samantha Senkbeil                      Nampa, ID, 83686, US

Sarah Smith                                     Columbus, GA, 31904, US

Shannon Hayes                              Spring, TX, 77373, US

Susan Heard                                    Easton, PA, 18042, US

Suzanne Wozniak                         Chester springs, PA, 19425, US

Theresa Duffin                               Doylestown, PA, 18902, US

Tiffany Taylor                                  Cincinnati, OH, 45236, US

 To learn more about the 46 Mommas, please visit their site and if you can make a donation.

Do any of you know one of the Mommas? I’d love to hear your stories!