Today, October 2nd, is Livestrong Day. It is a day to unite people affected by cancer in raising awareness of cancer issues on a global level and in communities across the country.
As many of you know, cancer took my mom this year. She died just eight weeks after her diagnosis, leaving us all stunned and devastated. Honestly, I want to crawl in a hole to cry and scream at the world that it is just not fair, but that won’t help anyone at this point.
Maybe however I can help by encouraging people (like YOU!) to go get tested for certain cancers as early as possible. If you have a family history or something just doesn’t feel right, TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR. Take charge of your own health. You only get one body and one life, so TREAT IT LIKE IT IS GOLD!
Do not wait until it is too late.
Some of the cancers can be tricky and not as easily detected. My dad is fighting his own battle with a rare form of blood cancer. It’s slow growing (thankfully) but yet still there. Perhaps the LAF and current research can find a cure for him and others like him soon. But they need our help.
So what can YOU do to support Livestrong Day?
- Blog/tweet/Facebook about it. Use the power of social media to get the word out. Janell from Thufferin Thuccotash is doing a giveaway for those who blog and link up on her post. She is a cancer survivor herself, please stop on over and say hi.
- Participate in a LIVESTRONG Day event in your area. Check the map to see if there is something nearby your house.
- Wear yellow and encourage your friends and family to do the same.
- Shop in the Livestrong Store. 100% of the proceeds from the store, after all related expenses, benefit the programs of the Lance Armstrong Foundation.
- Leave a comment below telling me that you shared this post with someone. (either via Twitter, Facebook, email, or just word of mouth). For EVERY comment that I get on this post between now and Sunday, October 4th, I will personally donate $1 to the Lance Armstrong Foundation. My only request is that you do not leave duplicate comments! (I want to support as much as I can, but I have no job!) 🙂 I’d love to make at least a $100 donation. Can you help me get to that goal?
Why I am doing this? Because I want a world without cancer. I don’t want another person to have to go through what my mom, dad, or my family has gone through this year.
We miss you Mom. (and even though I know you would hate me for putting your picture on the internet, I’m doing it anyway!)