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MasterCard is making a donation to Stand Up To Cancer through 12/31/13 every time you spend $10 or more on a meal, up to $4,000,000. Learn more here!
There are two big cancer stories in my life. Two people, two diagnoses, months apart. I was 22 months old. My cancer was found, almost by accident, at stage I. I was enrolled in a clinical trial that turned out to be the treatment that really works and resulted in few serious side effects. It is still used today, with very minor tweaks.
Mike’s dad was 26. Mike was 21 months old. His cancer was also stage I, the first time they found it. When I met him a little over 16 years later (at Thanksgiving – this picture was probably taken around then. Mike looks so young!) it was stage IV. He lived longer than anyone expected – long enough to see Mike and I get married:
Not long enough to meet our kids, who would have adored “Grandpa John”.
I hope that, someday, all the cancer stories will be like mine. In the meantime, I try to raise awareness, and research funds – like with this project a little over a year ago:
This month, we can all help to raise funds for cancer research by using MasterCard (link includes more information about this campaign) to pay when you dine out. Any time you eat out, pay with Mastercard, and spend at least $10, MasterCard will make a donation to the cancer research charity Stand Up To Cancer – up to $4,000,000! My kids were pretty excited that this gave us an excuse to eat at our favorite restaurant, Sweet Tomatoes!
Why is cancer research important to you?