Friday, February 11, 2011
CANCER DOES NOT DEFINE ME
Ok, if you walk, ride, drive, sing, dance or DO anything for any cause, be it breast cancer, any cancer, ALS, multiple sclerosis, hospice, etc, and you ask me, I will donate. I love YOUR commitment to your cause. What I won't do, is donate, personally, to breast cancer research. All of my personal donations go to the American Cancer Society (or similar non-specific cancer research) to be distributed to cancer research.
Think about it... think about the marketing. If you can pick half the population (women) and convince them that by donating to breast cancer research, they will live. Then WOW, you have a pocket full of money. Don't get me wrong... breast cancer is curable because of all the work that's been done. I am grateful for that... really grateful...
I just can't help but to think, what about the "orphan" cancers - pancreatic, lung, colon, brain, bone... do they lose because breast cancer research is so well funded? These are not pretty cancers and, the "survivors" don't survive long enough to tell their story. Funny, my dad died of lung cancer... I would be rich if I charged everyone a $1 for every time they asked me if he smoked... Lung cancer is not a glamorous cancer.