Well, here's a couple of reasons...
AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY'S YEAR 2015 GOALS
- Reduce incidence by 25 percent:
This means 25 percent fewer people will hear the words, "you have cancer." That could mean 5.7 million fewer cancer cases than there would be if 1990 rates remained unchanged throughout 1990-2015.
- Reduce mortality by 50 percent:
This means 50 percent fewer people will die from cancer. There could be 4.9 million fewer cancer deaths than if 1990 mortality rates remained unchanged throughout 1990-2015.
- Measurable Improvement in Quality of Life:
From the time of diagnosis, this focuses on the physical, psychological, social, and spiritual needs of cancer survivors, as well as their overall quality of life.
It takes money to support those kinds of goals.
For Joel in celebration of some good news.
I heard from an old friend a couple of days ago... another Gray Street buddy. Her brother is on my inspiration list because two years ago he was stricken by cancer - Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma stage 4. When I heard about it, things did not look good. But Holly wrote with good news for the Christmas season...
With chemo and prayer he has scanned clear for the past year! He continues to go in for maintenance chemo about 4 times a year.
(is it ironic or fitting that I am writing to you, and all that you do for ACS, on the 13th anniversary of Mom's death?--my goodness how somethings work)
As you can see, she lost her mom to cancer also. Though I, by some bit of memory lapse, neglected to get her on the list... (to be corrected)
Today's miles: 4
Total so far: 74.5
Still to go for goal: 425.5