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).
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.
In honor of the 10th year of Lights of Hope, I challenge you to donate $10 (1 bag) or because it is 2020 double that to a $20 (2 bags) donation.
Help us send a visible reminder to Congress that they need to do more to help fight this disease.
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.