Inspired by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's missive, Laura Ziskin looked to prominent individuals within the African-American community to support us in breaking down the myth that films about African-American history don't have box office potential and don't "travel overseas."
It's World Cancer Day -- a moment in which we reach across borders and boundaries and unite in our shared quest to end a disease that claims the lives of nearly 8 million men, women and children every year. As somber a statistic as that is, there is cause for hope.
The courage and immediacy that Laura infused into everything she did continues to live on in all of us at Stand Up to Cancer. Because Laura Ziskin asked the question "why?" and acted on it, cancer research today is being done differently, all for the benefit of patients.
Much has been written about Laura Ziskin's tragic passing, and every title she has been given describes her heroic nature: Producer, Writer, Charity Co-Founder, Wife and Mother. To that list I'd like to add "Yogini."
Laura Ziskin never gave up. She always knew there was still so much good work left to do. For me, that positive, action-oriented spirit is Laura's most inspiring and enduring legacy. For our own journeys we should all ask ourselves, "What would Laura do?"
I will never forget the day I was asked to meet with Laura Ziskin. My writing partner Taryn Southern and I strode across the Sony lot nervous, tickled pink by the opportunity and clutching our scripts.
Today, we call on everyone affected by cancer to declare themselves: those of you actively in the fight or who have won the battle; and anyone who has watched this vicious disease take someone you love.