Seriously? Cancer sucks.
We need to cure cancer. We don't just need to cure it, we need to wipe it off the face of the planet. We need to stop it from ever existing in the first place, so that it doesn't even need to be cured.
But until we do? We need prevention and early detection. We need quality research into what causes cancer and legislation to get rid of it. We need quality healthcare and support for patients and their families.
Sometimes I feel like I can't possibly make a difference in all this, like the actions I take are just to make myself feel better. Maybe. Maybe. But today, I feel like if I'm doing what I can, that's enough.
So what can we do?
- Donate to The American Cancer Society, the Susan G. Komen foundation, or your local cancer center or hospital (or if you can't afford it, at least click and click).
- Volunteer for either of the organizations mentioned above, or any clinic or advocacy group in your area.
- Participate in an event. I've never been to Relay for Life, but Race for the Cure was an inspiring, life affirming celebration of survivorship.
- Advocate for the issues. There are several great sites where you can get started
- Keep talking and writing and learning and teaching. Who knows if someday one of my former students or even my daughter will be the one with the science genius to end cancer. I can't give it to her, but I can show her what matters and hope that when the time comes, she'll use whatever she's got for good.