Tomorrow is World Cancer Research Day and that’s a very special one for me. You see, down at UCSF Cancer Center, my medical team calls me “a miracle and the future of medicine”. I am here today because of decades of cancer research breakthroughs that have made it possible for patients like me to live with cancer. I am writing to ask for your help today because we need to keep the breakthroughs coming for millions of other patients and future patients all around the world.
Why is this so important?
Leading cancer research organizations worldwide agree that there are four major reasons everyone — that’s citizens, entities, institutions, and leaders of all fields — should unite to advance cancer research. Taken from the ‘World Cancer Research Day’ declaration, they are:
- The Social Impact of Cancer
It’s estimated that by 2030 cancer will be the leading cause of death worldwide.
- The Economic Impact of Cancer
Cancer accounts for the largest economic cost on global scale – through lost life years, lost productivity and disabilities – compared to other causes and diseases.
- The Importance of Cancer Research
Advancing research on causes, prevention, and early detection of cancer will lead us to controlling the disease, discovery of cures, or transforming the disease into a chronic illness.
- Research is a Long-Distance Run
Research is continuous work that requires a commitment to the long term. It’s imperative that we not interrupt work and progress.
And, as a Stage IV Colorectal cancer survivor, I will add a fifth reason:
- The Importance of Global Collaboration
We need the best research minds in the world working together to tackle cancer. And, when breakthroughs happen, we need to ensure those researchers and breakthroughs have strong, transparent, and accessible paths to patients in need worldwide.
Please join me, Team Crafty, and Salesforce Ohana in helping advance cancer research.
You can donate today to Conquer Cancer, the ASCO Foundation by using these links:
Thanks for your support!
Team Crafty Captain
Salesforce Ohana Member
Hey, almost forgot! Here’s that part about 3000 miles …
When I first got sick, I asked my doctors if I could keep cycling through cancer treatment. They said “Absolutely, keep doing it as long as you feel you can!” Well, I have been doing exactly that ever since, rolling on through numerous surgeries, radiation treatments, and chemo cycles. Now through October 31st, I will be cycling for Conquer Cancer, the ASCO Foundation to benefit cancer research, patients, and survivors, everywhere. My cycling and fundraising goals:
- Reach my mileage goal of 3000 miles since my big surgeries back in 2018
- That’s 250 miles to go between now and 10/31
- Keep cycling through my current Chemo treatments = Rounds #41, #42, and #43
- Raise awareness for … Colorectal Cancer (my type), Childhood Cancer (September), Breast Cancer (October), along with Lung and Pancreatic Cancers (November)
- Raise $s for Conquer Cancer all along the way!