Seeing my mother die, experiencing the stages of cancer that drained her of life, made me come face to face with my own mortality. And so I knew I needed to continue experiencing life for everything that it was.
Target cancer therapies have given us new hope, but we will not realize the potential of the most promising new cancer research until we begin funding cancer research at levels equivalent to the epidemic again.
Do we Americans even think a cure for cancer is possible in our lifetimes, in this new century? Or have we resigned ourselves to the idea that cancer will be a constant in our lives, just like Thanksgiving and the Super Bowl?
This week has been a celebration of Jimmy Valvano's life. ESPN has been promoting the Jimmy V Foundation and its cancer research initiatives. In the past 16 years, the foundation has raised $90 million.