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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the American Cancer Society. All thoughts and opinions, however, are my own. I am so glad to share my own experience, in hopes that it might somehow be a catalyst toward helping win the fight against cancer.
See the beautiful woman on the left?
My Mom and me, five months before her death.
Have you ever seen a mother-of-the-bride look at her daughter with more love?
She died of a cancerous brain tumor, at the age of 69.
Papa and my firstborn.
See the handsome man holding the precious little boy?
He retired following the death of his wife, determined to enjoy life to the full, in part because losing his wife awakened him to the finiteness of life. He bought a boat, went mountain climbing, rappelling, sailing, and travelling. He died of prostate cancer at the age of 76.
Both died, too young, and far too soon, leaving me and my siblings as orphans, my kids without grandparents, and me with the knowledge of my unfortunate genetic predisposition toward that dreadful, deadly disease.
I’ll bet you have similar stories in your family, or among your dear friends.
Despite tragedies like these, we have a friend and ally in the fight against cancer.
The American Cancer Society will turn 100 years old on May 22, 2013. Did you know The American Cancer Society is a nationwide but community-based volunteer health organization? It works not only toward the prevention and early detection of cancer, but also by helping those who have received a cancer diagnosis, by helping support the work of finding a cure for cancer, and by rallying lawmakers and our communities to join together in the fight against cancer.
Did you know, for example, that the American Cancer Society has contributed to a 20% decline in cancer death rates in the US, since the 1990’s? That comes to nearly 1.2 million lives saved.Their work has also helped lead to a 50% drop in smoking since the 1960’s, which has also led to an overall drop in lung cancer rates, as well.
Silence is what allows cancer to grow. Speaking out and taking action? That’s what will help The American Cancer Society to continue to contribute to research that will help find the cure. That’s what will help them provide screenings for people who need them, but who can’t afford them. That’s what will help them continue to provide free places for patients to stay while they are receiving their treatment, and rides to get there.
I am so impressed by the volunteers who lend their hearts and their hands to help those who’ve been diagnosed. I am so impressed by those who give their time and their money to aid in this fight.
Please watch this video. And then, do more than be impressed and inspired. Take action.