Are you standing up to cancer?

Over at “Just Enjoy Him”,  Judy is standing up to cancer. She has stage 4 inflammatory breast cancer, a wonderful husband, and a sweeter than sweet little boy who was born in Vietnam. Judy is asking people to Stand up to Cancer on September 5. From Judy’s blog, this is what struck me the most:

Here we stand, on the verge of unlocking the answers that will finally conquer the devastation that is cancer. . . . .

But just when science is on the verge of giving us the breakthroughs that can end cancer, the will and the funding to do so are disappearing from the national agenda and from our collective consciousness. . . . . .

According to Judy: Why Sept. 5? It’s when the TV program Stand Up To Cancer will be broadcast on ABC, CBS, and NBC. It’s simply a date when the three largest networks will have a special that addresses cancer and how it affects people. It’s the time when they’ve asked for the team and individual donations to be sent in to SU2C. It’s just a date picked for this “rallying cry,” a date to get people involved, excited, and inspired about the issue — or issues, I should say — that revolve around cancer in general.

I know you know someone who has cancer. I know you know people who have died from it. I know you do. I know I do. My dear friend, Marvin who has “brain cancer,” my friend Fred who died at 45 from colon cancer, Tony Snow who died also from colon cancer. My friend Isabelle who had breast cancer and wonders every year if it’s going to come back. Christina Applegate who just had a double mastectomy. My sister who had a stage two melanoma. The list goes on and on. 

People, this is not the time to stop fighting! We really are that close to finding a cure. If we stop now, it might be your own life or the life of a loved one that won’t be saved. We have to fight it. Now.

What am I doing? In addition to not nearly enough, I have an amount of money come out of my account once a month, rather than donating one payment. It’s just easier for me that way. I am on a budget after all. I also do extensive research for my friend Marvin to help him help others find a cure. If anyone is standing up to cancer, folks, it is Marvin. Leave it to a former Marine to lock and load and kick some a against the beast that is cancer.

So, tell me what you’re doing or planning to do to stand up to cancer. Ideas can spread through blogging. We need them now. Pass it on.

It’s time to lock and load….


Please Contact your Congressman

June 23, 2008


The Joint Council  is pleased to announce that the letter from the Congressional Coalition on Adoption to Secretary Rice regarding intercountry adoption and child protection in Vietnam has received over 130 Congressional signatures. (There are 435 representatives in the U.S. Congress.)

Given the visit to the United States by the Prime Minister of Vietnam over the next few days, it would greatly benefit our collective effort if additional calls to Members of Congress were made immediately. Go to the following URL to locate your Congressman:

While many families and adoption service providers are not directly involved with Vietnam, we urge all families and service providers to participate in A Child’s Right Campaign by calling your Congressional Senators and Representatives today!

Please take a moment now and contact your Congressional Senators and Representatives and ask if they have signed the Congressional Coalition on Adoption (CCA) letter to Secretary Rice.  If they have, please thank them for their support.  If not, please ask that the Senator or Representative add their support and signature to this important letter.

Thank you!!