May 17, 2013

Silence Won't #FinishTheFight Sponsored Video #ad

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the American Cancer Society.

Are you one of those people who dread your birthday?  I'll be honest, last year I turned 35 and I was depressed by my birthday.  Thirty five sounded very grown up and although I am a mom of three, and I am reminded daily by my responsibilities that I AM a grown up, there are a lot of things in life that fall a little short of what I would have imagined for myself at this age.  But, as with all things in life, it's all about perspective.  Life shouldn't be about worrying about the things you haven't done.  We need to focus on the things we HAVE done and the things we still want to do.  And that's what the American Cancer Society is doing this week as the celebrate their 100th birthday.  A hundred years is a long time but ACS has done many great things.  As someone who's lost more people than I care to count to cancer, its easy to think that we're not winning this fight.  But we HAVE come along way.  Research and treatments are improving! The American Cancer Society has contributed to a 20 percent decline in cancer death rates in the US since the early 1990s. That means they have helped save nearly 1.2 million lives during that time.  All thanks to 15 determined physicians and business leaders who wanted to raise awareness of cancer back in 1913.  But the American Cancer Society also offers so much more than that.  If you've ever attended one of their Relay For Life events you know that they offer hope to families and cancer survivors.  They offer assistance to those in treatment by providing rides to treatment and they have amazing programs to help woman undergoing treatment feel and look their best.  I know first hand how much the American Cancer Society means to those in the battle with cancer.  So I hope you'll take part in their year long celebration of 100 years of great work by being a part of the ways they continue the fight...

This year and the years to come American Cancer Society wants to continue to ensure lifesaving cancer research gets funded.  They will undertake a historic research study called the Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3) that will help us understand how to prevent cancer and save lives. The goal is to enroll at least 300,000 adults from various racial/ethnic backgrounds from across the US by the end of this year.  With your help they can make sure that people facing cancer have the help they need, like a free place to stay during treatment and a ride to get there.  And keep fighting for everyone to have access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air and more.

A lot of great things have happened in the fight against cancer in the last 100 years.  Like a 50 percent drop in smoking since the 1960s, which has contributed to a drop in overall lung cancer death rates.  But there is much left to be done.  Silence won't finish this stand up and celebrate 100 years of great work by helping to continue the fight!

This post is sponsored by the American Cancer Society.


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