Friday, September 5, 2008

Stand up to Cancer - tonight

Stand Up To Cancer is an evening to raise awareness and funds for cancer - not breast cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer - but cancer itself. In today's world, I think sometimes we focus a bit too much on individual cancer fundraising, but think of how much we could do if we all helped each other?

Here is the mission statement from Stand Up To Cancer:

Here we stand, on the verge of unlocking the answers that will finally conquer the devastation that is cancer.


We now understand the very biology that drives cancer. With knowledge gained from the mapping of the human genome, we can now target the genes and pathways that are involved in turning normal cells into cancerous ones. We are on the brink of possessing a toolbox full of new, advanced technologies just waiting to be adapted to benefit patients. Right before us, so close we can almost touch them, are scientific breakthroughs in the prevention, detection, treatment and even reversal of this disease.


For the first time we can envision the possibility of stopping cancer in its tracks. But just when science is on the verge of giving us the breakthroughs that can end cancer, the will and the funding to do so are disappearing from the national agenda and from our collective consciousness.


Cancer takes one person every minute. One life in a moment. They are our brothers, our sisters, our fathers and mothers, our husbands and wives, our best friends, our children, ourselves. Every day in America 1500 people die and yet the means to save them are literally within our reach. To wait any longer for someone else to save our lives and the lives of those we love is unforgivable.


Inspired to act by our own personal experiences with cancer, we recognize that we can no longer rely on the current system alone to give us the breakthroughs we need. So, we are calling on the public to help take matters into our own hands, investing in a revolution that will change the way scientist and clinicians work to understand and treat these diseases. Stand Up To Cancer is more than a rallying cry. It is a galvanizing force created to urgently move cancer research forward.


This is where the end of cancer begins: when we unite in one unstoppable movement and Stand Up To Cancer.


How?


Working with the top experts in cancer research, Stand Up To Cancer is forging a new way to develop breakthroughs that will end cancer. We’re putting together the best and the brightest minds in cancer research – those on the edge of accomplishment – investing in their projects and taking the bureaucratic obstacles out of their way. We are building interdisciplinary “Dream Teams” of scientists, clinicians, technicians and other experts, who will focus on a specific cancer problem. We’ll track their progress in real time, so that everyone who invests can see how their participation is creating real change.


Funds will be administered by the American Association for Cancer Research, the largest scientific organization in the world focusing on every aspect of high-quality, innovative cancer research. Together with their scientific Blue Ribbon Advisory Committee, comprised of world-class scientists across several disciplines and patient advocates, the most promising projects will be identified.


What can you do? You can visit the site and learn how you can Launch a Star or make a donation. You can visit the their partners and you can learn more.

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3 comments:

Terrie Farley Moran said...

Hi Marijke,

Thanks for this excellent information.

Terrie

Marijke Durning said...

You're very welcome!

PharmacistMike said...

This should be an excellent event and a great cause. 1500 people a day or 1 every minute die from cancer.