Curefest for Childhood Cancer took place in Washington, D.C. over the weekend. It would have been successful had it not been for Obama. The White House may be to blame as it shut down the park.
Truth 365 grass-roots child-cancer advocacy had obtained the proper permit to have a electric candlelight vigil in Lafayette Park on Saturday night. About half of the crowd of 700 were children, many of whom have been directly affected by cancer.
The Secret Service and Park Police shut the event down before it began, leaving many of these children in tears. The Washington Post spoke with an attendee who was incredibly disappointed.
“We ended up waiting at the gates for two hours, and they never let us in,” said Natasha Gould, an 11-year-old from Canada who started a blog after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor this year. “And to be clear, the entire crowd was half kids. I cried last night in my hotel room because it was my first CureFest, and I couldn’t believe people were acting like they don’t care about children.”
What’s worse is that attendees weren’t even permitted to get the items they brought to the event, including chairs and blankets. They took blankets away from kids with cancer!
This last minute offense left many participants wondering how anyone can treat children with cancer this way. Police officers and agents informed some that it was because President Obama had an important engagement that he had to attend and the park, which is in close proximity to the White House, had to be shut down so he could leave the White House.
What could be so important that the White House needed to shut down a vigil for pediatric cancer? The reason: President Obama had to address the Congressional Black Congress Foundation’s annual gala.
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That was a higher priority than allowing more than 700 people fighting pediatric cancer to hold the event they had proper permits for.
What do you think Obama’s priority is? Please join the discussion.
H/T: Washington Post
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