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Sep
13
2013

Cancer steals lives. My step father was way too young when he died of cancer. He was smart and successful and had so much living left to do. And my close friend in New York  lost her soul mate to cancer. They kissed for the first time in 1985, under the Washington Square arch on Halloween night.

The disease can inspire us. Rhonda Sparks, a widow who lost her husband at the age of 32 to skin cancer, vowed to help her young sons and others protect themselves from the sun. UV Skinz was born.  I’ve never met her but consider her a friend and I wouldn’t buy a rash guard shirt from anyone else.

Cancer makes us cry and then we laugh. And then we cry again. Upon hearing that she had cancer, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis reportedly said “If I had known this was going to happen, I wouldn’t have done all those sit-ups.”

It frightens us. One of my best friends is dealing with breast cancer right now. Another friend is facing cervical cancer. Another friend has been living with cancer for seven years. These women are brave and amazing.

It propels us to keep fighting.

60 years ago, 1 out of 3 people diagnosed with cancer survived at least 5 years. Today, thanks in part to the work of the American Cancer Society, 2 out of 3 will survive.

It should be 3 out of 3.

There’s more work to be done. Hundreds of research studies went unfunded while 577,000 Americans died of cancer this year.

Cancer thrives on silence. So make some noise. Please take a moment and watch this video.

This post was sponsored by the American Cancer Society. All opinions are my own. If you’d like to donate, click here.


7 Responses to sponsored video: the fight against cancer is not over.

  • Elizabeth Farquhar says:

    I lost my beautiful, courageous mother to cancer. She had ovarian cancer and by the time it was detected it was too late for treatment and she died 6 weeks later.

  • Karin says:

    The husband of a lifelong friend died on Sunday, six weeks after his diagnosis with cancer. He was 50. Another friend emailed me last night to tell me her brother is having surgery for a brain tumor this morning. My husband was diagnosed with cancer at age 34; fortunately, he’s a survivor. He inspired me to start The Cancer Poetry Project, a national anthology, which through its poetry (poets range in age from 7 to 84) lets all of us know we are not alone. Thanks, Kelcey, for sharing this video. Pretty inspiring.

  • annie says:

    Thank you for posting this Kelcey. The ACS was instrumental in developing the 1st chemo I was on so I owe them a lot. One complaint I often hear about them is that the money raised at things like Relay for Life doesn’t all stay to help people locally…BUT, I’m living proof that when the money leaves to go to research out of state, it comes back!


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