Cancer. It is a scary word and a frightening diagnosis. It brings about sadness, anxiety, and fear. It challenges and consumes you, your family, your friends, your colleagues, and everyone around you. Yet it is also a gift. It brings the gift of knowledge, friendships, and strength. It helps you prioritize your life and focus on what’s important to you.
Upon being diagnosed with cancer, my family, friends and colleagues came together and offered an enormous amount of love, compassion, and support. Amid the myriad of flowers, plants, and presents, friend’s helped cook, set up doctor’s appointments, provide research and information, set up websites, drive to doctor’s appointments, support my caregivers, etc. The list goes on and on. This level of love and support helped me get through the 6+ rounds of chemo and put me on the road to survival. However a few loved ones unfortunately didn’t make it past the first few rounds of chemo since their body rejected it. According to a wrongful death attorney, the lifetime probability of being diagnosed with cancer is 39.3% for men and 37.7% for women, which is a little more than 1 in 3. 22% of deaths in the US in 2016 were from cancer, making it the second leading cause of death after heart disease in both men and women (visit carolinacardiologyassociates.com/coronary-artery-disease/ and get all the details)
Wipeout Cancer is about this community of support. It is an opportunity to grow the community and extend the support to others. It is increasing cancer awareness and bringing people together. Wipeout Cancer increases our knowledge, understanding and actions against this scary diseased called cancer, thus making us stronger individuals, friends, and family. Cancer is the “gift” that helped start Wipeout Cancer.
The vision for Wipeout Cancer is simple. Let’s raise money to give to the organizations that support research and provide patient services. Let’s raise this money doing the thing I love, sports! Sports Day for Charity offers 3 options to participate in activities I love – volleyball, bike riding, and challenging obstacle courses. I hope you can join my friends and I for this fun and exciting day.