I received GREAT news from Henrike. She received an anonymous transfer of donation funds from another LAF fundraiser into her account, giving her enough to make it to the Austin LIVESTRONG™ Challenge. And there’s not a better person to BE at the Challenge, considering the recently announced plans from the Lance Armstrong Foundation: The LIVESTRONG™ Global Cancer Initiative.
Global Cancer Initiative

And what is the LIVESTRONG™ Global Cancer Initiative? Here’s the description straight from the horse’s mouth (?), so to speak:

More than 12 million people worldwide are diagnosed with cancer and eight million will die from the disease each year. To address this global cancer burden, the LAF will join with local partners, organizations and world leaders to achieve three major goals.

1) Together we will end the stigma of cancer and turn cancer victims into cancer survivors. Millions of people around the world suffer from cancer in isolation, victims not only of the disease but of social stigma. For all too many, a diagnosis of cancer can result in ostracism from colleagues, friends and even family, and cancer becomes a shameful condition that must be hidden. This stigma leads to a lack of early detection, failure to seek treatment and an increase in cancer mortality.

2) Together we will build an international grassroots movement that will take cancer from isolation to collaboration. Research shows increased mortality is often caused by a lack of resources and knowledge related to cancer awareness, screening, prevention, treatment and care. However, a third of cancers could be cured if detected early and treated adequately.

3) Together with world leaders, we will transform cancer from obscurity to priority. Cancer kills more people than malaria, tuberculosis and AIDS combined. However, many governments devote few resources to fighting cancer and collect little information about its causes and effects. The LAF will work with world leaders to focus on developing international partnerships, cancer advocacy, research and data collection. The Foundation will kick off this effort at the LIVESTRONG Global Cancer Summit in Paris at the end of the 2009 Tour de France.

Please consider these amazing goals. Sign the World Cancer Declaration. Donate to the cause. GET INFORMED. Cancer is a World War.