Supporting LIVESTRONG

A wee bit ago (okay, last September), I asked you to support the LIVESTRONG™ Global Cancer Initiative. Now, with more urgency, I’d like to make the same request. Please consider the following message from Lance Armstrong:

 

I returned to cycling this year for one reason: to fight for the 28 million people affected by cancer worldwide.

We are making tremendous progress in this fight, but there’s still so much to be done. By next year cancer will be the #1 killer in the world and yet most of the world’s leaders lack any real plan to fight back.

During my 20-day ride in the Tour I’m calling on leaders around the world to make major commitments to fight cancer worldwide – but I can’t do it alone.

As a first step, will you join me and sign the World Cancer Declaration – a major global push to pressure the world’s leaders to act now on cancer?

http://livestrongaction.org/campaigns/commit-fight-cancer

As an added incentive, a donor has pledged to give $30,000 if we can collect 30,000 signatures before the end of the Tour.

I’ll send these signatures to world leaders after the Tour de France and pressure them to make cancer a priority in their own countries. It’s our best chance to push for better treatment, more funding for cancer research and access to care for everyone around the world.

Without your commitment, these leaders won’t pay attention. Will you sign the declaration then ask your friends and family to do the same?

Do it for family or friends. Do it for strangers. Do it for those who have fought and won and those who we have lost to this insidious disease. Do it for yourself or for your children. Do it for the World.

I have a list far too long of people to whom I could dedicate this declaration. Today, I choose two survivors:

The Bride dances with her Father-in-Law.

It’s not the most transcendentally beautiful wedding shot, but that is SUCH a “Sarah” expression that I went with it anyway. What we’ve really got in the image is Sarah dancing with her new Father-in-Law. I’ve written ad nauseum about Sarah’s cancer journey – like this. Dennis is another story. Dennis has thyroid cancer (well, technically, I believe they’re to the point that they will say he “HAD” thyroid cancer). He had surgery (and complications) during the wedding planning phase, at the insistence of medical officials. He put off, however, the next phase of the treatment (during which the patient becomes radioactive – literally) until after Robert and Sarah’s wedding (and a close cousin’s wedding a week after their wedding) so he wouldn’t miss anything. He was exhausted; he felt horrible, but he still was there for them.

So please – PRETTY PLEASE – go to the LIVESTRONG™ Action Page and sign the declaration and dedicate your signature to someone who is or was there for you. It will only take a moment, but the impact could last a lifetime. THANK YOU!

P.S. BONUS! My thigh is in the main picture on that webpage. Seriously. My left thigh, my Summit badge and a small portion of my shirt.

UPDATE, November 12, 2009: I apologize, but my thigh, et al. are no longer a part of the aforementioned page. On the landing page you will, however, see a bit of my “Back-East” Hair and LIVESTRONG™ hand. A different viewpoint of my ultra-powerful LIVESTRONG™ hand is also on the page to which you click through.