Statistically, 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes. These are intense numbers, especially if you look around you. It could be your family, your friends, your colleagues, or you. Some people have been touched closely by cancer; others haven’t. You might be asking yourself, however, what you can do here with your loved ones. There are many places to begin, even this month and through the end of 2014 (and beyond). Here is a calendar of cancer awareness by month and type. Below are some of the local events (this is not an exhaustive list for ,there are many more) that you can join, so you can walk in solidarity with those who are preventing cancer, those who are fighting it, and those who have passed on but whose memories stay with us.
In the West 7th Development in Fort Worth, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has the Light the Night Walk, beginning at 5pm. For this event, a village of loved ones and co-workers come together to create teams for fundraising. Then, millions of consumers help by donating at retail outlets. During the “Walk,” participants carry lighted lanterns. Survivors carry white lanterns, supporters carry red lanterns, and those who have lost someone to a blood cancer carry a gold lantern. There are also Light the Night Walks in Frisco on November 1 and Dallas on November 2, both beginning at 5pm.
The No Stomach for Cancer Walktakes place wherever you are, not at a specific location with a set course. To participate, you wear the No Stomach For Cancer shirt and wristband while you “walk the course” of your day. This is a day to raise awareness for stomach cancer, as it’s the second leading cause of cancer death in the world and many people are uneducated about its symptoms. Get your friends, family, and co-workers to come together and raise awareness.
There are many ways to support the eradication of cancer. Whether you participate in runs and walks to raise funds for a cure or whether you are a personal support for a loved one who is fighting cancer or whether you are a cancer survivor offering stories of hope to your community, we can all link arms, work together, stand together, and StandUp2Cancer