Those are fighting words (pun intended). Cancer is no something to be silent about or to sit idly by and watch people die from. Not that everyone can be a doctor or medical professional or scientist, but we can help!
The American Cancer Society (which turns 100 on May 22, 2013 - happy birthday, ACS) is going to start this really aggressive and historic research study: Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3). It's going to help us understand how to prevent cancer, which will save so many lives. They have this goal of 300,000 adults from every racial/ethnic background from everywhere in the US by the end of 2013 (and you know how fast years go by).
My Grandma Kay had ovarian cancer. She died of complications of numerous things, that being one of them. That affects me every day. I don't get to write my grandma letters or call her on the phone to tell her about Moose and Squirt or my running. She never even met my boys, never even knew I picked up running or started being the story time lady at our library. She met my husband before he was my husband, but she didn't get to see me walk down the aisle. I never shared Jesus with my grandma.
|Grandma Kay - in younger years :) (image from my Uncle Mike)|
|image from my Uncle Mike - this is him and his mom, my Grandma Kay|
Those things, those life events, eternal events that so many people don't get to share with a loved one because cancer has stolen them. Stolen. I wish so often she could be here to see the woman I've grown into, but she can't. But maybe someone else's grandma can be here for them.
I don't have a ton of experience with the American Cancer Society, but their stats are terrific. They have contributed to a 20% decline in cancer death rates here in the US since the 1990s. That's 1.2 million lives - people! They have helped lead a 50% drop in smoking since the '60s - holy moly.
They aren't stopping there! They are doing that research study I wrote about, they want to help people who are staring cancer in the face to have help meeting needs like a place to stay during treatment and a way to get to that treatment. They want to keep fighting for our ability to have quality health care, screenings that can save lives, and clean air. That's an organization worth standing behind. Will you stand behind ACS and help others have one more birthday??
This post is sponsored by the American Cancer Society.