The first person I knew, or at least remember knowing, to have cancer was a family-friend and neighbor, Norma Shiner. She lived a few houses down from the house we moved into when I was 8 years old. My mom and Norma clicked instantaneously and within months Norma, who at the time was battling breast cancer, convinced my mom to serve with her on the board of the American Cancer Society.
To me, at that time, the American Cancer Society was just another nonprofit that my mom helped out with her party-planning and fundraising skills, and cancer was just a 5 letter word that affected other people, not me. Nevertheless, I knew it was an important cause and I knew my mom was donating her time and energy to a worthwhile cause.
It wasn’t until I was 29 years old, when my dad was given 2 months to live, that the 5-letter word “cancer”, became a 4 letter word, and the American Cancer Society became more to me than just another non-profit.
I’ll never forget hearing the word cancer in regards to my dad, the numbness that took over my legs and mind and spirit. Then again, a few years later, about my sister, and then a few years later, about my best friend from college, Amy. I’ll never forget those moments because they changed my life forever.
Thankfully, and miraculously, my friend Amy found a living liver donor and she is now cancer free. My dad and sister were not as fortunate, however. They didn’t get to finish their fight, so I am so grateful to organizations like the American Cancer Society, that have waged a massive fight against cancer so that other families don’t have to feel that same numbness and pain.
The American Cancer Society began exactly 100 years ago, with a simple mission: to cure cancer.
With that end goal in mind, the ACS has had an extremely successful century of funding cancer research, making sure that people facing cancer have the help they need, and fighting for everyone to have access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air and more. The American Cancer Society has contributed to a 20 percent decline in cancer death rates in the US since the early 1990s and a 50 percent decline in cigarette smoking since 1960’s–remarkable statistics.
However, their fight is not over yet. When I was asked to be a part of this campaign I jumped at the chance because if I can play a small part of ACS’s mission, I’m all for it. I don’t want anyone else to know cancer as a four-letter-word.
Have you or someone you know been affected by cancer? How have you or do you plan to help the American Cancer Society’s fight?
This is a sponsored post, written by me, on behalf of the American Cancer Society. I am so happy and honored to help share their message and help them finish the fight they started 100 years ago.