It is that time of the year - when I ask all my family & friends who HATE CANCER to help me reach my goal of $1,000 by donating to the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network-ACS CAN/Lights of Hope.
For me, the fight against cancer is personal. I started my journey with the American Cancer Society with 1 reason to fight against cancer. I watched helplessly as my aunt ferociously fought her battle with lung cancer which slowly overtook her body. Since her passing in 2013, I have seen more friends and family walk down the cancer road. I now have over 20 reasons to fight. Instead of backing down, I stood up to cancer. My involvement with the American Cancer Society has blossomed the longer I have grown to know this organization through volunteerism. I have been fortunate to be a volunteer for the American Cancer Society for over 7 years now and I am so proud of the work being done in their mission to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer. With my passionate voice I will continue to lobby to our country’s top officials on keeping cancer a top national priority.
This year in Oklahoma there will be:
- 20,540 estimated new cancer diagnoses
- 8,420 estimated deaths due to cancer
This year in the United States there will be:
- 1.76 million estimated new cancer diagnoses
- 606,880 estimated deaths due to cancer.
- Meaning 1 out of every 5 deaths will be caused by cancer.
With a minimum donation of $10 you can help us light up the Lincoln Memorial. Your LOH bag will be personalized and dedicated with your honored individuals name and a touching message of support, encouragement or remembrance before it is placed in front of the Lincoln Memorial. Help us send a visible reminder to Congress on September 15th that they need to do more to help fight this disease.
Through working together, promoting prevention and raising the much needed funds for research I know we can bring that number down. I believe that we will see a day when cancer is no longer feared. I believe that in my lifetime we will see cancer turn from a lethal disease to a chronic disease. I believe and I hope YOU will join my efforts too.
Until there's a cure,
2020 Gen2End ACT Lead-Oklahoma
2020 Gates Millennium Scholar Delegation Lead
2020 South Region Campus and Youth Leadership Team- Young Professional Lead
Contributions or membership payments to the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Inc. are not tax deductible.