Two events are coming up soon that are worth learning about and, if it’s right for you, participating in. One will just take your vote. Another, a small donation. One will go a long way toward helping people suffering right now. One may help prevent the people you know and love from having to take the same journey we’re on right now.
Coming up in November’s election is a bill to create a fund of $300 billion (that’s BILLION, with a ‘B’) specifically allotted to cancer research. The goal is to throw enough money at the problem – $10 billion a year – to breath life into all those research projects that have been sidelined due to lack of funding. According to statistics that I just made up, nearly 7 out of 10 cancer research projects are not funded or are under-funded. You know, the ones where they research the effect of whale slobber on cancer cells. Or where they research if studying too much really does cause brain cancer.
But seriously, vote your own conscious but I certainly would not be responsibly using my little podium on the Internet if I didn’t pass this info on. It’s a big deal and will, no matter if a cure is found or not, make a tremendous difference. And, since it’s a bond issuance, there won’t be any new taxes (although the blasted* politicians keep trying to attach taxes and other crap to the bill.)
* My initial descriptive word choice was filtered for family viewing.
It will be on the ballet in the November 6th election. Here’s the web site for more information: http://texanstocurecancer.com/
On another cancer-related cause note, Nurse Jolie, who has been a wonderfully supportive friend and key resource for us as we’ve traveled this journey, is riding in the Livestrong Challenge from the Lance Armstrong Foundation. PLEASE consider helping her meet her fundraising goal for this event. Obviously, since it is the Lance Armstrong Foundation, I have great confidence that all the money will go to good use. You can donate here: http://austin07.livestrong.org/jolie
Thank you all, again, for your well wishes. Amazingly enough, even as we sit at this crossroads, we are both amazingly calm. We are excited about the future, no matter what it may bring. But don’t think for a second that it’s off my mind.