I just wrote a letter to a 9-year-old little girl who will begin year-long chemotherapy for a brain tumor that could not be completely removed via surgery. I am sending her (along with the letter) a pair of comfy, cozy, fuzzy socks because they helped me when I was sick. Suddenly, though, my illness at age 34 does not seem as important as hers at age 9. And also, why must today deliver such sad news?
That video “Parenthood” character Kristina made for her kids — I did that. Well, I wrote a letter; it was essentially a goodbye message written when I was sure I would not survive cancer. I wrote to John, too. My boys never received their letters. Thank goodness!
I love the idea of writing a letter to cancer, and I’m going to do it. Right after I write this post.
Here’s the deal: For every letter you write to cancer before December 31, 2010, $50 goes to the American Cancer Society. How easy is that? You get to vent, and money makes its way to the mission of conquering cancer.
Thanks go to Varian Medical Systems for forking over the funds. Varian is the world’s leading manufacturer of medical devices and software for treating cancer and other medical conditions with radiotherapy, radiosurgery, proton therapy, and brachytherapy.
So far, 3,458 letters have been written (you can read them here), and already, $89,550 has been raised. The goal: $100,000.
OK, you ready? Write your own letter to cancer now (you can remain anonymous if you wish).