Mar 20, 2011 - 12:11 pm
Name: Amanda Wilcher
Education, Outreach, & Advocacy – Relay For Life
About 1.2 million new cancer cases are diagnosed in the U.S. annually and about 564,000 Americans will die of it each year -- more than 1,500 people per day. My dad was fortunately not included in that statistic and has been in remission for two years. As a 13 year old 8th grade student I never thought that my dad, a healthy working Dr. would be diagnosed with cancer. My dad was the person to take care of these people…who was going to take care of him, that is all I remember thinking.
Going through such a traumatic experience at a young age I decided then to actively start educating others by reaching out and sharing my story. Because of organizations like Relay For Life people are becoming more aware of this disease and taking steps toward a healthier lifestyle. Today people are more active and are trying to change their habits and lifestyles to ensure that they reduce their risks of getting cancer.
Together with millions of supporters, the American Cancer Society (ACS) saves lives and creates a world with less cancer and more birthdays by helping people stay well, helping people get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back. This is what I see as my job. As the daughter of a cancer survivor I wanted to help make a difference in the lives of those who are suffering from this disease. Not only does it affect the patient at hand, it affects their children and their families.
Is there anyone else who is going through something with a parent or another member of the family?