American Cancer Society – Sponsored Video
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the American Cancer Society. All opinions contained are my own.
Quick – what color is the support ribbon for lung cancer? Any clue? Well, it is white/clear/pearl. You know why you didn’t know? Because people don’t always support the fight against lung cancer because smokers get it and “did it to themselves.” There is even the thought that only non-smokers should be supported with the white/clear/pearl ribbon. Nice.
You know after my mom died of cancer in 2007, people invariable asked me what she died of and after I answered cancer they would follow up by asking what kind. I would answer lung and without missing a beat nearly every single person would then ask “did she smoke?”
And yes, she did.
I got this far in writing this post tonight and then I read Angelina Jolie’s op ed in the New York Times tonight and I felt a bit of a record scratch moment. I think it is amazing that Angelina Jolie had an elective double mastectomy for personal cancer prevention to promote her own health and try to ensure that she will be around for her children for a long time. And chose to share her story. That’s like the exact opposite of smoking two packs a day. And while not all smokers get lung cancer, smoking is the number one cause of preventable death in the United States.
So. Let’s not smoke, ok? It isn’t worth it. But this isn’t supposed to be an anti-smoking psa, it is supposed to be about how cancer touched my life and for me the two are irrevocably intertwined. Luckily, smoking rates are on the decline and with them lung cancer rates as well. The American Cancer Society has been instrumental in the 50% drop in smoking rates since the 1960s (just look at Mad Men! So. Much. Smoking.) But, Amy, you say, you smoked! I did. For many years, but I quit before I got pregnant and haven’t smoked a single cigarette since having Spencer. Nope. Not a one.
While I have always been aware of the American Cancer Society, I had no idea that the organization was turning 100 this year. What an amazing feat! It was started by a core group of physicians and it has grown so, so much. My parents volunteered at the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life for many years and I think it is a great fundraising program. I try and get a luminaria for my mom most years, but since I stopped working at the hospital I have missed some years, but I think I still have time to have one lit for this years event.
Please take a moment to watch this video.
We had some options for which video to embed and I picked the Josh Groban one. My mom pink-puffy-heart loooooved him, going all the way back to his Ally McBeal days.
This post is sponsored by the American Cancer Society.