Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the American Cancer Society. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I am honored to have this opportunity to share my story as part of the American Cancer Society’s 100th Birthday Celebration.
If you and your family and friends have been affected by cancer, than after reading the title of my blog post about the American Cancer Society, I’m sure that you will read all of this as well. It’s important, and we can make a difference.
Today I will be attending the funeral of a very close friend’s mom who passed away last week from cancer. We lost Jason’s mom to cancer shortly after we were married. He’s also lost an uncle, and has an aunt who is a cancer survivor. On my side of the family, we have lost a few of my mom’s cousins to cancer, and I have an aunt who is a breast cancer survivor. This doesn’t include the extended family and friends that I know who have had cancer touch their lives.
Cancer is an ugly word to me. Cancer is a sad word. Cancer is something that just about everybody I know is afraid of.
Luckily, there are many organizations and people in the world who are trying to make a difference and trying to find ways to prevent cancer and save lives. The American Cancer Society will turn 100 years old on May 22, 2013. That’s a birthday worth celebrating! This means that for 100 years now, they have been working to find ways to save lives and help create more birthdays. They began marking their 100 year milestone beginning in early 2013 and will continue to promote it in strategic ways through the end of our 100th birthday in May 2014.
The American Cancer Society does amazing work to help understand and stop cancer. Since the early 1990s, the American Cancer Society has contributed to a 20 percent decline in cancer death rates in the United States; they have helped save nearly 1.2 million lives during that time. Their work has also helped lead to a 50 percent drop in smoking since the 1960s, which has contributed to a drop in overall lung cancer death rates. They are making a difference and we should make some noise to celebrate!
Check out this video of Mary J. Blige interrupting a quiet library to deliver an important message about unfunded cancer research. No lifesaving research should go silenced and we can help change that.
So let’s make some noise. Here are some of the things that the American Cancer Society is doing to help make more birthdays:
- They are going to undertake a historic research study called the Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3). This will help them understand how to prevent cancer and save lives. The goal is to enroll at least 300,000 adults from various racial/ethnic backgrounds from across the US by the end of this year. For more details, visit the American Cancer Society site.
- They will continue to make sure that people facing cancer get the help they need, like a free place to stay during treatment and a ride to get there. Jason’s mom was a volunteer in this program before she was diagnosed with cancer, and I hope that when the kids are a bit older and in school all day, I will be able to continue doing what was so important to her.
- With our help, they will also keep fighting for everyone to have access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air and more.
You can help too! You can donate to the American Cancer Society or simply share this post. If you know someone who has been affected by cancer, reach out to them and offer a ride, an ear, or even a meal. TALK ABOUT CANCER. Make some noise! Don’t let all of the efforts to find a cure be done in silence! You can also visit the American Cancer Society site to learn other ways to help and support cancer awareness.
This post is sponsored by the American Cancer Society.