This post is my attempt at being profound. My son-in-law is constantly making profound posts, and I want to emulate him to some degree, adding a sense of purpose to my blogging and not just “Here’s where I went this week”. Keeping in mind that I’m pretty shallow to begin with, though, I won’t be taking you too far into the depths of my profundity (yes, it’s a word – look it up…)
A very close friend of mine just told me that one of his close friends is dying of cancer, with possibly only weeks to live. A relative of mine is waiting to see the doctor to find out if a growth she has might be cancerous. I had a small patch of basal cell carcinoma removed from my scalp a few years ago. My boss goes in for regular treatments to have his basal cell problems eradicated. My father and brother both died (too early) from cancer. I’m sure you all have similar stories. Cancer has probably touched everyone in one way or another through the years.
I’ve come to the conclusion that everything causes cancer. Not just artificial sweeteners, not red dye number 1, not cigarettes, but EVERYTHING – probably even the air we breathe. If something else doesn’t kill you first and you live long enough, you will eventually get cancer. It’s nature’s way of saying you aren’t supposed to live forever. While I don’t necessarily want to live forever (although that would be cool), don’t take me before I’m ready to go.
With medical research going on at a record pace, why is it we haven’t found a way to cure, or at least reliably halt, the spread of cancer? Polio? History… Whooping Cough? History… Cancer? Nope, it’s still around. I don’t want to belittle other diseases (such as HIV) that are just as deadly, but this is something we’ve been working on for decades. Shouldn’t there be more progress other than trying to kill the cells with broad spectrum poisons or radiation treatments that, in turn, leave the patient so weak there’s hardly any reason to stay alive? Or mutilating someone’s body just to remove the portions that have cancer (only to have it show up again in another part of the body)?
We have the technology to differentiate healthy cells from cancerous ones. Why can’t we create something, a targeted poison for instance, that doesn’t hurt healthy cells, but devastates cancerous ones? I know it’s probably being worked on as I type, but it’s taking too long. And it probably involves stem cell research, which everyone knows is tantamount to working with the devil (hard sarcastic tone).
Yes, research costs money, and I don’t have any magical methods to get around that. But what about our rich people? If the top 10 richest people in America gave only one percent of their net worth toward medical research, that would be over 2.72 billion dollars. And I’m willing to bet they wouldn’t miss a bit of it. If you extend that to the top 100 people in America (all of who are worth $3 billion or more) that figure becomes 8.14 billion dollars. That should help some…
In any event – I’ve gotten off track. The point is that cancer is everywhere. It affects everyone at some time or another in some way or another. If it hasn’t hit you yet, be prepared. It will. If you’re interested in helping to fight it, the best thing you can do is contribute to the American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org). They’ve even made it easy by accepting online donations at https://www.cancer.org/involved/donate/donateonlinenow/index. So if you’re at your computer or phone or other internet portal right now (and I hope you are, or you’re some kind of techno mutant) check them out and help them out. The minimum online donation is only $5, less than the cost of that mocha you got this morning.
Oh, and if you think this is just WAY too serious, please scroll down to the bottom of the page where you will more than likely find a random cat doing something stupid.
Have fun and ride safe,