This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the American Cancer Society. Like many of you, my life has been impacted by cancer in many ways.
When I think about how many people I know who have had cancer it’s sort of mind boggling. Many of them have beaten cancer, some of them have beaten it twice. Others, have not been so lucky and have lost the battle.
Growing up I had a friend whose mom, Mrs. Palmer, was involved with the Grant a Wish Foundation. Sort of like Make a Wish, this amazing organization granted wishes of children with cancer. I remember meeting and playing with many of these children, days at amusement parks and trick or treating on Halloween. Mrs. Palmer had a big growth chart in her kitchen where she had the heights of all the kids she helped. Some of them were on her chart multiple times over the years, others were only on their once – It was so bittersweet. Those memories were my first real brushes with cancer.
As an adult, I’ve had many more encounters with cancer. I remember when my friend Steve called me one morning before I headed off to class in college to tell me he had cancer. He beat it. He wasn’t the first friend to fight it though. Since then, college and high school friends have beaten the disease, family members have been lost, and some are still battling it. I’d like to think that the 15 determined physicians and business leaders who wanted to raise awareness of cancer back in 1913 and started the American Cancer Society had something to do with those who have beaten cancer.
Despite the fact that my grandmother died of lung cancer (from smoking), the American Cancer Society has helped lead to a 50 percent drop in smoking since the 1960s, which has contributed to a drop in overall lung cancer death rates.
By supporting the American Cancer Society, you are ensuring lifesaving cancer research gets funded and enabling everyone to have access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air and more.
People deserve to celebrate more birthdays. My family members and friends deserve to celebrate more birthdays.
The American Cancer Society is making a difference
The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. This organization helps save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight.
Don’t be silent about cancer!
How has your life been affected by cancer?
This post is sponsored by the American Cancer Society.