Monday, April 28, 2008

Top 10 Cancer fighting actions

Well, I admit, I've been up on a soapbox lately. It's easy to justify though. For one, this is a blog, not a forum with rules about proselytizing.

And another thing...Cancer affects everyone.

It enters the bodies and lives of people we love, people we work with, play with and pray with, and sometimes it is you.

No matter who it is in your life who has been affected by cancer, you likely have felt the desire to do more. If you're at a loss for what to do or say, please keep reading. You'll find all kinds of ways to do more. Pick a couple!

I'm doing a few things myself -- one of which is riding RAGBRAI this summer as a member of Team LIVESTRONG. This will be my second year on that team and I could not have stumbled upon a greater combination of passions... biking, contributing to society and having fun while doing it!

  1. Donate. This is the easiest one!
  2. Donate online. Maybe this is the easiest one!! Not only that, it saves the environment -- no paper, no fossil-fuel-powered vehicles to deliver the dough... (check out the link at the bottom of this message.)
  3. Refer a cancer survivor* to the LIVESTRONG SurvivorCare program. Call 866.467.7205 or go online to get one-on-one support for any cancer-related question. Counseling, financial or insurance questions, finding a clinical trial, etc.*(as defined by the Lance Armstrong Foundation, a person becomes a cancer survivor from the moment they are diagnosed. LAF also includes the loved ones in that definition.)
  4. Order a LIVESTRONG Survivor notebook. Either give me a shout or go online. The notebooks are free. If you order online, you will have to pay shipping and handling. If you live in Eastern Iowa, then contact me and it's totally free.
  5. Ride RAGBRAI as part of Team LIVESTRONG. Registration is closed this year, but keep it in mind for 2009!
  6. Volunteer. LIVESTRONG Army leaders all over are looking for volunteers. So are other organizations like the American Cancer Society, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Gilda's Clubs, etc. Do what you're good at!
  7. Celebrate LIVESTRONG day! Bare minimum: Wear Yellow on May 13th, LIVESTRONG Day. See me if you need a wristband! Do a little more: find an event near you... click on the "Events search" link.
  8. LIVESTRONG Summit -- apply for the summit. The only requirement is that you have a desire to do something about cancer, whether advocacy or support.
  9. Go to the Lance Armstrong Foundation website and see for yourself all the programs and services offered by the Lance Armstrong Foundation. The "State Profiles" page hosts a directory of documents for each state showing what LAF has done where we all live.
  10. Find a cancer organization that is meaningful to you and offer what you have... donations, time, etc. and give. I hope you will choose LAF but want you to give where it means the most to you.

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