Sharing the Message

Here is where we are posting cancer facts as well as the latest news, interviews, radio, internet, and TV appearances.

— The "22 Hours for 22 Million" White House Vigil, was held on December 23, 2011, the 40th anniversary of the "War on Cancer," to remember the over 22 million people who have died in this war and the loved ones they left behind. 

"Pocket Brochure:"

OUTSIDE (PDF)

INSIDE (PDF)

We passed these out during the vigil to people from around the world.  It explains the details about why we did this and what we are asking President Obama and our leaders to do.  This brochure is printed on 2 sides, folded in half horizontally with the White House on the outside, fold in half vertically with "Platform" and "Cancer Facts" on the outside, fold in half vertically like a book with the White House as the "cover."

Cancer Facts:

National Cancer Institute’s “Cancer Statistics Review,1975-2002:”

  • —Major decrease in lung cancer incidence
  • —Major increase in Non Hodgkin’s lymphoma 74%, acute childhood leukemia 68%, childhood brain cancer 52%, acute adult leukemia 56%, testes cancer 51%

American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology:

  • —It is estimated that about 1.4 million new cases of cancer will be diagnosed this year. 
  • —Each year, about 560,000 Americans die from cancer—more than 1,500 people a day, 1 person every minute. 
  • —Cancer is the leading cause of death among Americans under the age of 85. 
  • —Cancer is the 2nd leading cause of death among all Americans. 
  • —In the United States, 1 out of every 4 deaths is attributed to cancer. 
  • —Over the course of a lifetime, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 2 men will develop cancer. 

New York Times, April 23, 2009, Gina Kolata 

“...the death rate for cancer, adjusted for the size and age of the population, dropped only 5 percent from 1950 to 2005.”


Average Costs:

War on Terror: $1,280,178,138,996—4 trillion since 2001 and counting… $128,017,813,900—$400 billion a yearNat'l Priorities Project

American deaths: 8,800 in 10 years… 880 a year… 74 people a month

War on Cancer: $101,423,421,000 since 1971… $2,535,585 a yearNational Cancer Institute

American deaths: 22,000,000 in 40 years… 550,000 a year… 45,833 people a month


Every life is precious!  The human cost of pain, suffering, grief, heartbreak, and loss cannot be measured.


What is the United States doing?

Obama-Biden Plan to Combat Cancer:

During their 2008 U.S. presidential campaign, then Senators Barack Obama and Joe Biden published a plan to combat cancer that entailed doubling "federal funding for cancer research within 5 years, focusing on NIH and NCI" as well as working "with Congress to increase funding for the FDA" with additional funding for:

—research on rare cancers and those without effective treatment options

—the study of health disparities and evaluation of possible interventions

—and efforts to better understand genetic factors that can impact cancer onset and outcomes

President Obama's 2009 economic stimulus package included $10 billion for the NIH, which funds much of the cancer research in the U.S., and he pledged to increase federal funding for cancer research by a third for the next two years as part of a drive to find "a cure for cancer in our time."  Were those campaign promises kept?

ALERT Act (Access to Life-Saving Early detection, Research, and Treatment):

The US Senate on 26 March 2009 issued a new bill (S. 717), the 21st Century Cancer Access to Life-Saving Early detection, Research and Treatment (ALERT) Act intended to "overhaul the 1971 National Cancer Act." The bill aims to improve patient access to prevention and early detection by:

—Providing funding for research in early detection

—Supplying grants for screening and referrals for treatment

—increasing access to clinical trials and information

NOTE: The 21st Century ALERT act is a bill to re-engage the “War on Cancer.” The bill was introduced by Senators Edward M. Kennedy and Kay Bailey Hutchison on March 26, 2009. The bill has not yet been enacted into law.(Wikipedia)


What is the rest of the world doing?

(UICC) has organized a World Cancer campaign the International Union Against Cancer  in 2009 with the theme, "I love my healthy active childhood," to promote healthy habits in children and thereby reduce their lifestyle-based cancer risk as adults. The World Health Organization is also promoting this campaign and joins with the UICC in annually promoting World Cancer Day on 4 February.

The UICC mission is to build and lead the global cancer control community engaged in:

—Sharing and exchanging knowledge and competence

—Transferring scientific findings to clinical, patient and public settings

—Systematically reducing and eliminating disparities in prevention, early detection and treatment—Delivering the best possible care to people living with cancer throughout the world


Under the leadership of Isabel Mortara, executive director of UICC, the Secretariat focuses on four strategic directions:

—Cancer prevention and control

—Tobacco control

—Knowledge transfer

—Capacity building and supportive care

(Wikipedia)


There are thousands of organizations—both locally and internationally—working to eradicate cancer. 

We need to bring ALL of them together.


What can you do?

Realizing you can be overwhelmed by the every day details of life, the “information overload” that's thrown at you each day, responsibilities, demands, and “bumps in the road,” not to mention carving out time to enjoy life, health, the love of family and friends, we’ve put together a few simple tips from my own research and discovery. It is a place to start. 

Ask the question: “What is it?” Whether it’s food, your child’s toy, new furniture, paint, or anything—everything—that touches your life. Find out exactly what it IS before you allow it in.

Limit the chemicals in your life. Eat “organic” foods whenever possible, wash produce, choose natural fibers for clothing, bedding, etc. Use NO VOC paints, avoid particle board & plastic, use natural cosmetics, hair dye, nail polish, lotions. 

—Strengthen your immune system.

—Reduce stress.  It is lethal.

Avoid radiation from the sun, cell phones, etc.

Restore balance in your life. Find ways to calm yourself, meditate, exert yourself, rest, treasure the abundance in your life, work hard, play hard, relax, get enough sleep, breathe deeply. Live "in the moment," not in the past. Feed your body, mind, and spirit well—really well.

Call/email your representatives about emphasizing prevention in bill S.717 (ALERT).  

Volunteer with Hospice or other organizations who inform, heal and elevate others.  Give.

—Visit our website for more resources and to learn more about what you can do.


My thoughts:

There are thousands of organizations and millions of people working around the world to eradicate cancer from our lives and ease the suffering. Many sacrifice much, may be under-appreciated, and dedicate their entire lives to this end. I believe their efforts are noble and have contributed greatly to our understanding of cancer—what it is, what causes it, how to prevent it, detect it, and treat it. But deep divides remain.

During my journey through cancer with my daughter, Amber, her dying, and untimely death, I met many people who were able to set aside the “politics of cancer,” do the right thing, and care for her, despite possible repercussions to themselves and their careers. They were people first, doctors, nurses, clinicians, caregivers, newspaper editors, reporters, politicians, millionaires, second.

Sadly, I also encountered the opposite. People who were unwilling or unable to see all sides of the cancer issue and refused to look beyond the walls, institutions, policies, and borders. Clearly, there are many factions fighting this “War on Cancer.” We are divided and suffering because of this division. 

I believe it will take a radical approach to bring everyone "to the table" to stop fighting amongst ourselves and start working together.  I believe it will take a child.  Living with Amber—her courage, wisdom, and resolve to help others, I realized that we can be inspired to come together for one purpose: To prevent cancer from killing another human being.

A few days before she died, Amber told me why she came to this earth… why she was sent to us. "Mom, I'm know I'm here to help a lot of people." Let's end the war and embrace this angel and her wisdom. Together, we can change the course of cancer once and for all.

—Patti

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