what does Stand Up To Cancer mean?

I sent out a mass email to family and friends — one that you can get, “canned,” on the Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) site — asking them to Stand Up To Cancer on Sept. 5. I’ve received a few questions, understandably so, asking me what exactly that means.

It means many things, most of which are outlined on the SU2C website. The site explains it best in some of its information so let me quote it here:

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

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. . . . . .

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.

Why Sept. 5? It’s when the TV program Stand Up To Cancer will be broadcast on ABC, CBS, and NBC. It’s simply a date when the three largest networks will have a special that addresses cancer and how it affects people. It’s the time when they’ve asked for the team and individual donations to be sent in to SU2C. It’s just a date picked for this “rallying cry,” a date to get people involved, excited, and inspired about the issue — or issues, I should say — that revolve around cancer in general.

What the SU2C initiative, program, force is asking people to do are many things, including:

~ write to your legislators via email with a simple online program that they have established that takes a short amount of time to do — find that under the Get Involved button at the top of the main page.

~ make a donation to launch a star in honor of or in memory a loved one who has battled cancer or lost his/her life to cancer. I plan to do that for my father and a good friend, both of whom I lost to cancer.

~ set up a team to collect $2,100 for the cause by Sept. 5.

~ donate money to the cause yourself.

~ send out a message to your friends and family members to get the word out that cancer is being underrepresented and underfunded in the United States so perhaps they will do what they can to advocate for cancer research and funding.

~ share your story(ies) of how cancer has touched your life, whether you’ve dealt with it yourself or via a friend or family member.

I imagine that nearly everyone reading this blog has been touched by cancer somehow. I would be surprised if there was anyone who didn’t know someone in their life who hasn’t struggled with some kind of cancer. The statistics themselves bear that out. Again, from the SU2C website:

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.

If that doesn’t move people, watch the following, which is available to put on your blog as a widget.

Stand Up To Cancer

It certainly moved me. To tears.

Maybe because I’ve looked in the face of cancer.

Maybe because I’m still looking in the face of cancer.

But little by little, I’m healing.

I’m healing

and that makes me cry

tears of joy.

But not everyone is

and that makes me cry

tears of

unspeakable sorrow.

Stand Up.

Cross-posted to Just Enjoy Him.

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