Discussing Cancer and Good Causes in Prime TimeWhit Honea
There are too many good causes. There, I said it. That doesn’t mean that I am unsupportive in any way, nor do I think they aren’t needed, but frankly, I’m tired of diseases without cures and natural disasters and everything else that sucks. I think it is time that we got rid of a few.
Granted, I don’t have the connections to control hurricanes, earthquakes, or whatever else photobombs your Doppler radar, but I do have the ability to aid in the fight against disease and finding the cure thereof. Enter Cancer.
Cancer, as we can all agree, is a total jerk. We have all known someone, loved someone, or been the someone that has faced cancer, and, sadly, the end result is often too painful to think about.
This is where the good cause comes in. Later tonight the charity Stand Up To Cancer (@SU2C on Twitter, hashtag #IStandUpFor) will broadcast an event on a number of networks (ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, MLB, and many more) at 8pm ET/PT (7pm CT) to raise money for cancer research and to help those fighting the disease. The event will feature stars from TV, film, music, sport, and blogging — that’s right, I’ll be there, and I will be standing up to cancer the whole time (unless there are seats, but my reserve will not waiver!). What’s really nice about the event is that 100% of the donations will go to the cause, which is a) impressive, and b) needed.
Cancer has touched our lives in the most selfish sort of way, and it has been something that I have had to discuss with my children much sooner than I had hoped. There is something so tender and terribly wrong about kneeling down in front of a child and watching them shrink beneath the tears of your words and grasp at the magnitude of what they mean. Pain and loss are fairly abstract concepts to children, and I would rather have kept it that way. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a vote.
That said, I hope that my children watch the Stand Up To Cancer event this evening, not just in hope of seeing their dad hanging out with Tom Hanks (if that makes air they better DVR it!), but with hope that they, and their friends and family, may someday know a cure for cancer. It only sounds impossible. Losing cancer as a good cause, would be good cause for celebration, and we can all help.
Will you watch Stand Up To Cancer with your family?
Read more from Whit Honea at his site Honea Express and the popular group blog DadCentric. You can follow Whit on the Twitter or Pinterest (his opinions are his own and do not reflect those of Babble or most rational people). In recent years he has lost his grandmother and stepmother to cancer.
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