When I began blogging, I wanted shed light on good things going on in the world. Today I break my blogging fast with what may seem counter to that mission. Today I’d like to talk about cancer.
One in three Americans are diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes. If you don’t know anyone who’s fought, died or survived their diagnosis, chances are at some point in your life you will. Maybe it’s not someone you know, maybe it’s you who has or will be diagnosed with some form of cancer. Scary thoughts for some of us, but this is reality.
As I began thinking about this topic I started to think of the people I knew with cancer. I thought of an inspirational high school principal, a fearless school counselor, a strong co-worker, a confused friend, a young dancer, a friendly neighbor and the people I might have known if they’d survived just a few years longer.
I could tell you the basic stories of any one of these individuals as I’m moved by what each one has to offer; however, telling these heartbreaking and sometimes heartwarming stories do not change the facts. Retelling their stories won’t end the fight against cancer even though it’ll get hundreds and thousands of likes on a Facebook photo.
Thankfully, awareness of different cancers and cancer as a whole is pretty high. Most people get that it’s bad. Organizations like the American Cancer Society and The Komen Foundation are working to fund research to cure or end cancer. Considering the 33 percent chance that one will develop cancer, their causes should hit close to home.
One of my first blogs featured the St. Jude’s Research Hospital with one of my favorite tag lines: “Give thanks for the healthy kids in your life and give to those who are not.” With cancer, you never know when or if you or a loved one will get that diagnosis. If I were to modify the phrase, I’d say “Give thanks for the healthy people in your life and give to help them stay that way.”
On Friday, April 25 I will be participating in the Relay for Life at KU. If you find it in your heart to make a donation, please click on the link below. This isn’t about me reaching my arbitrary $100 goal. It’s about all of us standing together against a disease that affects most Americans either directly or indirectly. Please stand with me.
To donate to my Relay for Life fund, click here.