This time of year is always a bit bittersweet. My birthday is next week and nearly 7 years ago my father lost his battle with lung cancer. Those two events are forever intertwined. Two weeks before he died and just before my 25th birthday, I saw him in his amazing joie de vivre for the last time.
Less than two weeks later, I would fly to San Diego to see him in a coma and watch him pass from this world to the next.
This week the death of a cultural savant, Steve Jobs, makes us ever more aware that we need to find a cure for cancer. Money, though it can buy so much, simply cannot buy health.
In the last 10 years, my husband and I have watched our families face lung cancer (twice), prostate cancer (twice), throat cancer, and stomach cancer. Our friend’s families have faced thyroid cancer and cervical cancer,and lost battles to pancreatic cancer, lung cancer, and ovarian cancer. Our families have also faced breast cancer and throat cancer in the years preceding our relationship. Sadly this probably doesn’t cover all of the cancers faced by our family and friends.
On Tuesday, I had the honor of participating in a Twitter party #Juice4Pink with my company Juice for the City. While I was honored to participate, the tragic news of Steve Jobs untimely passing on Wednesday made me aware that we need to find a CURE FOR ALL CANCER.
There are cancers that we are more willing to raise awareness for and the cancers that are taboo, but the fact is that cancer must be eradicated for all of us.
Watching Foreigner at a concert last night, one of the songs hit home with these lyrics, ” in my lifetime, there has been heartache and pain.” May this not be true for future generations.
Let us find a cure together for ALL cancer. If you would like to make a donation, here is a link to the American Cancer Society.