Tuesday, April 5, 2011

"National Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week" - April 3-9

I was originally going to post this on just my Facebook as a personal message, however, I can write a longer message here, and although not politically motivated it will reach more readers.

Together we can help so many people celebrate many more birthdays to come.

The fight against cancers is something that I'm a strong advocate for. I've participated in several campaigns, and programs, and am involved with several organizations and charities. I only know of a few, however, there are so many it's insane to think that there isn't something that you can help take hold of the reigns, and pull it closer to it's goal.

There are so many people dying by diseases that we can fight, we can cure, and we can prevent. However we must decide to stand up, and scream - not say - NO!.
 NO! more childhood leukemia. NO! more bone cancer. NO! more women losing their breasts due to breast cancer. NO! more barbaric treatments such as chemotherapy.

From donating, to walking, to simply talking to your friends and neighbors, there are so many simple things that we can do to help ease, and stop, this great suffering of our fellow man.

I'm going to highlight a few of the causes that I'm involved in, however, please help in the direction that your heart leads you. Do what you feel will make the greatest impact. It's true that we have strength in numbers, but that strength comes from each individual!

Will You Marrow Me?

I'm currently enrolled as a registered stem cell and bone marrow donor. This is a great cause to take part in. One of the treatments for those with bone cancers, especially children, is a bone marrow transplant. There are risks to the procedure, however, it's often difficult to find a match. Through this program applicants in need for a transplant can check the list for those who have offered to donate. If a match is found, then the procedure can be performed. It may cost a bit of your time, and some discomfort, however, you may never be called upon. Although, if you are then you'll be able to help save the innocence of a child's life that doesn't deserve to die.

You can find out more information by clicking the image above, or by checking them out on Facebook

Susan G. Koman for the Cure 

The Susan G. Koman for the Cure foundation is the leading charity for the promotion of awareness, and prevention of breast cancer.

They have a massive amount of information for ways to help, to signs and risk factors, how to talk to your Dr., how to get support, and so much more. They are truly the cutting edge of treatment for helping those afflicted with breast cancer.

Perhaps one of their biggest contributions is the Susan G. Koman Race for the Cure. This features a series of 5k races across the U.S., and the world. Since I'm also posting this on my facebook, there is a huge walk that goes by the Hatchshell, and Com. Ave in Boston every May.

Almost everyone has heard of this campaign. Additionally other groups such as Yoplait, have joined onto sponsor their event, and they donate $0.10 for every pink yogurt lid mailed in.

You don't have to be a big company to help out. You can make a flat donation, participate in one of their races, or shop at their store where a large portion of the proceeds go directly to help the cause to end breast cancer, and breast cancer suffering.

You can find more about the Susan G. Koman foundation by following the links below:

Start Something Yourself

Don't be intimated to start your own program because of the overwhelming size of some of the other charities involved in this effort. Everyone is united in fighting one common enemy, and no small act goes unnoticed. Everything, regardless of how insignificant you may believe it is, has great importance to achiving the overall goal.

One example of this is the "Plz Squeeze" campaign. This was a breast cancer awareness campaign that started from the bottom up. It involved people talking pictures of themselves squeezing their breasts. 

This often caused second looks, for obvious reasons, however when people stopped to look at the pictures that began circulating the web before being made into a collage of all participants, they read what it was about. 1 in 6 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetimes. Performing self examinations is an excellent way to catch tumors early, thus why we were promoting "Plz Squeeze".
Above is a picture of myself, which was used in the campaign, and is now my profile picture on Facebook, and other sites that ask for pictures. This way the questions continue to be asked, and answered.

In terms of spreading the power of information can spread much faster, and is much stronger, than any cancer. Information, and knowledge are the miracle drugs for cancer.

Please spread this, please tell someone, please do something.

The purpose of this week is to gain awareness, and hopefully many more people can be awakened and realize that they are the cure to the suffering of the masses. Even just passing on the knowledge is helping the cause.

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