The not-so-private thoughts and rants of Elizabeth Donald: journalist, author, photographer, and founder of the Literary Underworld.
I am angry.
I am the Relay for Life team captain for St. Andrew's
Episcopal Church, and I do this because each and every one of us has
known someone with cancer. Some of our team members have even fought the
battle themselves. When you sit down and think about it, is there
anyone who DOESN'T know a cancer survivor, or has lost someone to this
I AM ANGRY.
I watch as this disease carries off
brilliant artists, actors, musicians and writers without pause. I see
grieving families and I know that none of it has to happen. When my team
began walking, one of us was a cancer survivor. Eight years later
nearly half of us are survivors. What does that tell us about the
pervasiveness of this disease?
Some time ago, I lost a dear
friend after ten years of battle against the cancer that invaded her,
and she was my age. She deserved more life than she got. It isn't right,
or fair. I miss her, and I wish she had more time with us.
And I AM ANGRY.
Cancer is universal. It knows no
boundaries. It respects no race, creed, religion or background. Disease
has no preference. But it CAN be beaten.
Please consider making a donation to me, or even joining my team. If you can't help out,
please spread the word; every little bit helps. You are helping deliver
the hope that future generations will not have to endure cancer
threatening the lives of their friends and family. You have the power to