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BEING ACTIVE AND PROACTIVE IN CANCER AWARENESS

By Kayla Giacin
Friday, March 30, 2012

Although research and advocacy still has a long way to go when it comes to pediatric cancers and brain tumors, it has definitely come a long way over the past 20 years.  I can visibly see how approaches towards cancers and tumors are changing as time changes with them.  It seems like we are more willing and eager to treat survivorship, rather than just the initial diagnosis, as we learn more about the implications of being a survivor.

I started to take notice of this in a lot of the fundraisers and advocacy efforts I’ve seen in the news recently.  In just the past several weeks, I’ve heard of many cancer awareness events that include zumbathons, kickball tournaments, shaving heads in order to raise money, and rock concerts!  CBTF’s Young Professional Group is even gearing up for their annual Bowl-a-Thon, which will be held on May 3rd

To me, these types of events indicate the attitude that more and more people are taking against cancer: that people want to face their challenges in not only a proactive, but an active way.  It shows that other people not dealing with cancer are beginning to realize that many patients are looking forward to having fun and enjoying life in ways that they can after they are diagnosed.  For a survivor, living to your own potential is a great achievement and I’m happy to see advocacy efforts that are showing this. 

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