Friday, September 5, 2008

This is where the end of cancer begins

We used to have such crazy dreams.
The kind of dreams that brought us together, made us not mere mortals, but a movement.

We used to dream we'd get to the moon.
And we were crazy enough, fanatical enough, relentless enough, to get there.

We dreamed we'd split the atom.
Make smallpox and polio whispers from forgotten history books.
Make technology infinite, individual.
Connect the world.

All the unbelievable and the impossible,
all the can't do and the never will, we overwhelmed them, we overpowered them, we conquered them.
They said no and we, well,
We said yes.
We stood up.
We stood up and changed the world.

Stand up when everybody else sits down
Stand up when it's easier to turn away
Stand up for everyone who can't rise anymore

When the answer seems impossible, stand up
When the dream is right within our reach, stand up
When the powerful refuse your call, stand up

The moment is now and the time has come to stand up.
One out of every two men
One out of every three women
will face these diseases we call cancer.

Our sisters, our brothers, our fathers, our mothers,
our husbands, our wives, our children.
Our very best friends and those we've yet to meet.

One person every minute, one person in a moment gets lost, gets stolen, gets taken away.

We are a tapestry of lives touched and brought together by a terrorist we can actually find. And in the time it's taken to read this, three more Americans have died.

Unforgivable.

This is where the end of cancer begins.

When together we become a force unmistakable.
A movement undeniable.
A light that cannot dim.

When we take our wild impossible dreams
And make them possible
Make them true

When together we rise as one
When we stand up
When we Stand Up To Cancer.

This is the manifesto of the organization called Stand Up To Cancer. Tune in tonight at 8pm on NBC, ABC and CBS to learn more about them. The cure is coming!

5 comments:

The Tucson Gang September 6, 2008 at 7:31 AM  

Powerful, really powerful. Thanks for sharing the info - we'll be sure to watch for future info on Stand up to cancer.
Traci

Becci September 6, 2008 at 11:14 AM  

How awesome was that show??? Of course we both cried the whole hour... but it was so powerful. (I'm glad I had you to text through the whole thing!) I'm excited to see what they are able to accomplish!! Who knows... we may not have to do Relay for many more years!!

db September 6, 2008 at 1:36 PM  

Very moving post. So true.

Emily September 6, 2008 at 8:00 PM  

Wow that's so powerful. Would you mind if I copied it and posted it on my blog?

krissy keelan September 7, 2008 at 10:21 PM  

The show was awesome. I wish I got around to doing a post on McKayla's site to let people know to watch it. I NEVER see real TV, only kid movies so I knew it wasn't going to be easy to watch when both kids are still up at that time. We made it through it though...stressed to the max trying to tune out the kids and watch the show. I had some neighbors record it so Leo can see it when he gets home from Equidor.

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