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The first time I heard “The Fight”, I had chills running up and down both arms and on the back of my neck, even though I had just lit a fire and was warm in my office. I was home alone, and happy for it, because I needed to sit and reflect on all the fights I have personally known to have been fought, and how many more fights I will personally know to be won. I HOPE.
Whom does this song, and this fight, make me think about? And I admit, the list is too long to name. Every name is etched in my heart forever, but the sad truth is that cancer has taken many loved ones from my life, and I fear it will continue to do so. Longer still is the list of loved ones who have fought cancer on their journeys. We’ve all been touched by cancer in our lives.
One name that does stand out to me is Connor – “Supercon.” My friend from high school (Earth Science lab partner and Typing class partner) gave birth to micro-preemie twins at 25 weeks. It was an incredible journey and the kids grew and thrived, but the boy twin, Connor, was diagnosed with an extremely rare brain tumor at 23-months-old. He endured two brain surgeries, completed six rounds of chemotherapy and received proton radiation treatment. Sadly he passed away last year. Connor’s story touches me deeply, but it’s not the only one in my heart. There are many. We all have a connection to cancer whether we have fought the fight, or know someone who has. Cancer is a presence in our lives, and it requires research and support.
Connor’s family used his tragedy to build hope and do acts of kindness for others. Taboo’s experience as a cancer survivor is what sparked the idea to create “The Fight” – an empowering anthem of survivorship. Taboo is a global ambassador for the American Cancer Society and is using his voice to inspire a global movement to live more healthy, and to raise funds to fight cancer. He is a testicular cancer survivor, and had been private about his cancer experience until he began to work with the American Cancer Society. You can hear more about his fight against cancer in this interview on Doctors.
What can you do?
You can download “The Fight” on iTunes. 70% of the profits from song downloads will go to the American Cancer Society to help raise funds to support the fight against cancer. You can visit this website for more information. You can stay informed and supportive. Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the US, exceeded only by heart disease, and accounts for nearly 1 of every 4 deaths. In 2016 in the U.S., there will be an estimated 1,685,210 new cancer cases and 595,690 cancer deaths. Breast cancer ranks second as a cause of cancer death in women. You can support the American Cancer Society.
The American Cancer Society is committed to raising awareness about the prevention and early detection of cancer. They continue to work toward a world free from the pain and suffering of cancer. With courage, care, empathy, innovation, and determination, there’s hardly a person or family out there who hasn’t benefited – directly or indirectly – from their work. In 2015 alone, they provided $21.7 million in grant funding to help people access cancer screenings and receive treatment. They worked with more than 3,800 corporations on partnership to increase awareness for their cause. The Society’s Cancer Facts & Figures received about 1,000 downloads every day and they have engaged more than 500 corporate CEOs and executive leaders to make health and wellness a priority in the workplace. Learn more about Taboo’s “Fight” by visiting here.