BENEFITING: American Association for Cancer Research
How many of you know someone who has or had cancer? I suspect it comes closer then the 6 degrees of separation game. Cancer finds its way to relatives, friends, partners, colleague’s even pets
For me it started when I was high school. I had a pet hamster for 1 year, died of cancer. From then on, I knew friends of friends who were diagnosed with some form of cancer. Then colleagues with whom I worked with.
Sadly enough, most of the time, you don’t find yourself challenged to change something until it profoundly touches you.
From 2004 thru 2005, it was a long year of loss and mourning. In December 2004, my Uncle Larry O’Neil died; he had lung cancer, beat it, but passed away due to the toll it took physically. April 2005 we lost Sandy Pile from breast cancer, a dear and sweet soul. In May 2005, we lost Joyce Kelley Honea of lung cancer (my Mom). Seven months later, December 2005 Michael Skelley (my Dad) died of lung cancer.
The beautiful person in this photo displayed is Joyce (my Mom). Unbelievably, in the photo she is 59 years old has stage 4 cancer of the lung, pancreas, liver and brain. She died 3 weeks after this picture was taken.
Unfortunately, when my Mom was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer we experienced the despicable behavior of so-called physicians and businesses that promised to ‘cure’ her from stage 4 cancer. Luckily, I work with a tremendous team of Doctors and Nurses who advocated to the American Cancer Society for any alternative treatment. It was too late for my Mom. However, it is not too late to help this cause and join the fight to stop this disease. Please join me in donating to the American Cancer Society.