This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the American Cancer Society.
It’s an ugly word and brings angry feelings rising up inside of me, just thinking about it. Usually, I try to deal with it by not thinking about it, and pushing it away, because just the thought of how it’s threatening my family brings tears to my eyes.
My step-dad is on his second cancer fight. The first time, I was starting my senior year of high school. I was so self absorbed as a teenager that I didn’t keep up with the daily struggles he endured. But, I do remember how sick he was and how much weight he lost in the process. It was more than hard on him, but he pushed through.
Now that I’m a grown adult with kids of my own — his grandkids — I’m more aware of how precious his life is to our family. I can’t imagine life without him, and neither can my little ones. When he’s around, I really don’t even exist in their minds. Their “Umbi” is all they can think about.
Umbi knows it, too. He loves to be with them just as much as they love to be with him. Right after he got his second diagnosis, he told us, “I don’t have a choice. I HAVE to fight this cancer. I HAVE to be there for these babies.”
I don’t want to think about our lives without him.
And that’s why I didn’t hesitate when I was asked about promoting the American Cancer Society, who will be turning 100 on May 22nd. It’s been 100 years since the massive fight against cancer began. Among several current goals, one of them is to ensure life saving cancer research gets funded.
I want to do my part to make sure that happens.
For starters, I want to speak up. I won’t be silent. Today, 2 out of 3 people survive cancer, but we can’t stop until 3 out of 3 people survive. Cancer thrives on silence and complacency. We ALL have to speak out in the fight.
Currently, the American Cancer Society is undertaking a historic research study called Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3), which will help to understand how to prevent cancer and save lives. The goal is to enroll 300,000 from various ethnic backgrounds from all across the US by the end of this year.
They’re also working to make sure everyone has access to quality healthcare, life saving screenings, clean air, and more. That’s something I can stand behind.
I want to share more birthdays with Umbi — his birthdays and my babies’ birthdays. It’s time to finish the fight.
This post is sponsored by the American Cancer Society.