Thursday, June 2, 2011

Fight the good fight with all thy might.

"If I were to list people who have died from cancer or the treatments in the
circle of persons I know I'm sure I could list one for every penny of this
dollar and still over look someone."

There have been times when I have shed tears, sobbed and cursed because of cancer; when I have asked the same questions I believe so many have asked time and time again:


When will it end?

Why can't we get a handle on this?

We can send a man to the moon, but we can't figure out cancer.

Even when we are able to 'catch it' early on, some treatments can be described as nothing short of horrible. Sometimes the side effects from treatment may leave a patient technically in remission and boasting Cancer Free! yet reeling in pain day after day. The after-effects may leave a patient and their family silently wondering if living like this is better than the alternative.

Cancer is ugly and horrible and mean.

And it tends to bring out the worse in so many... drug companies lobby to get their drugs prescribed the most, which in turn puts money in their pockets. Project managers at some of the finest drug companies who are hoping to make a difference find themselves battling the bureaucracy of procedures and policies from within, unable to get a drug tested or put into market. Family members, already straining under the stress of watching a loved one fight for their life, now stand in line at the pharmacy wondering and worrying how they're ever going to be able to afford the incredibly expensive lifesaving prescriptions.

I can only hope and pray that the American Cancer Society indeed uses the donations they receive wisely. Because every single penny of every single dollar collected stands for someone valued, loved and cherished.

And for each of them, we continue to fight with all our might.

To donate, please use the donate button on the right side of this blog post.
All proceeds will go to the Walworth County Cloggers' 2011 Relay For Life Team to benefit the American Cancer Society.

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