What's your take?
A man who worked
hard every day, built a dairy
farm, and supported his
family not only had to deal
with the debilitating effect
of Parkinson’s disease, but
a cancer diagnosis in the
summer of 1999 that gave
him six months to live.
He held on for about four.
Dad was strong, but the grueling
combination of Parkinson’s and lung
cancer was a burden too heavy to bear.
Fifteen years have gone by like a
blur, but cancer remains a deadly
and cruel killer that strips us of loved
ones, friends, neighbors and relatives.
Fortunately, the past decade has seen
groundbreaking strides in cancer
research. There’s so many brilliant
researchers, scientists, doctors and
nurses who are working tirelessly to
fight the disease.
Innovations in medicine and surgery have saved lives that, 20 years
ago, would have ended with a cancer
diagnosis. Cancer no longer has to be
a death sentence. There’s a glimmer of
hope for those battling the disease and
the loved ones who care for them.
Cancer awareness has also improved
greatly in the last two decades. When I
was a kid, I knew cancer was a disease
with a grim prognosis, but I knew
very little else. Now there’s so many
outstanding programs that promote
awareness, setting up funds that go
toward valuable cancer research.
When I was young, there wasn’t
commercials or telethons with celebri-
ties telling us to stand up to cancer. It
seemed as if cancer was
just a terrible disease and
whoever got it had to deal
with it with little chance of
That’s not the case
Last month was Breast
Cancer Awareness Month
and pink was everywhere;
on the labels of energy
drinks to the socks of NFL
linemen. Even wrestling legend Hulk
Hogan scrapped his famous red and
yellow attire and donned pink to raise
I have friends who have lost moth-
ers and grandmothers to breast cancer.
Hopefully, with more research and
innovations in medical technology and
surgery, breast cancer will be a distant
memory 30 years from now.
On our website and in our daily
e-newsletter, I post not only the latest
in surgical news, but breakthroughs
in cancer research as well. I’m excited
to share this news with you and hope
more good news is on the way.
It really is amazing how far medicine
and medical technology has come in
the last three decades. In about 30
years, I will be my dad’s age when he
passed away. I tend to be a “
glass-half-full” type of guy. I try to see optimism
in dire situations. I could be naive or
full of false hope, but I believe, in 30
years, cancer will be a thing of the past.
It’s an ugly disease, but with so
many brilliant people leading the fight
to eliminate it, cancer doesn’t stand a
For more information about the lat-
est in cancer research, go to www.aicr.
org. To donate to the fight against can-
cer, visit www.standup2cancer.org.
Hope In the Fight
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