Yesterday I had the wonderful opportunity to work at Stand Up to Cancer. I had seen the telecast before but it was truly an honor to be there in person yesterday. Exactly two weeks to the day of my grandma’s passing of cancer, I couldn’t think of a better way to honor her life and truly STAND UP to cancer. My mom, my grandma, and my aunt have all battled the disease among other relatives and I don’t want to add anyone else to that list. No one should have to experience hearing “you have cancer,” and I think it’s high time we get involved in the fight.
I was so touched yesterday seeing so many celebrities participate in the event. They can call so much heightened awareness to a cause and I was more than happy that the cause was all about cancer yesterday. Seeing so much money raised for groundbreaking research gave me HOPE. Which is something we all need more of these days.
There were two moments in the show that I found especially moving. Seeing Taylor Swift sing her newest song, “Ronan” was absolutely heartbreaking. It was about a mother who had lost her four year-old to cancer. It doesn’t get any worse than that. I also loved seeing Tim McGraw sing, “Live Like You Were Dying.” I’ve grown up hearing this song and I’ve always felt so inspired by those lyrics. Hearing him sing those words live was defining.
After my participation in the event yesterday, I have a renewed mindset. I’m going to finally get tested for the BRCA genes like I have been meaning to and find out what my odds are. Just because my grandma, aunt, and mom have one of the genes, which means they had an 80% chance of breast cancer and a 60% chance of ovarian cancer, it doesn’t mean that I do. And heaven forbid I do have that gene, then I want to start taking the preventative steps so that I never get that diagnosis. I don’t want that for my life or my family’s lives.
So please, stand up to cancer. To learn more about the organization, here is their website: http://su2c.standup2cancer.org/
And to donate, you can go here: https://www.standup2cancer.org/
Thank you for caring about this cause the way I do.
The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook