Today is WORLD CANCER DAY.
Cancer changed my life. No, I haven't had cancer, but many people I know have. Many young adults I know have. In my mid-twenties two friends of mine from different social groups were diagnosed with thyroid and breast cancer, respectively. I was furious. How could this horrible thing mess with my friends' lives, and the lives of so many others, when our lives as adults were just beginning?!
So I got involved, and it's hands down the most rewarding thing I've ever done. I'll never forget the night of the first concert/fashion show awareness event we put together. It was this crazy thing I'd dreamed up and blindly jumped into, and somehow, with tons of help (especially from the beautiful women pictured with me), it came to life in front of us. I was standing in the middle of the venue while bands were setting up, designers were dressing models, people were filing in the doors, and I thought, "this is so much bigger than me."
To give back, to stand up, and to build relationships with truly the strongest and most beautiful people I've ever encountered was a life lesson in itself.
So today, an extra special cheers to survivors and advocates, extra love to friends I've lost, and extra thanks to all who've touched my life - from the courage of your battles to the celebrations of our parties.
It's so much bigger than me. Together, we make a difference. Give back! StupidCancer.org