Why I Stand Up To Cancer
Posted on May 4, 2017, 9:00 AM
By, Jillian Michaels, Fitness and Wellness Expert, SU2C Ambassador
There are the moments with cancer you never forget. Sobbing with a friend who just shared their diagnosis with you. Celebrating each hopeful moment during treatment with a family member and encouraging them to keep fighting. Popping a bottle of champagne over the word remission. Holding the hand of a loved one as they take their final breath. I’ve experienced every one of these moments.
We’ve all been touched, a better word might be brutalized, by cancer. So, when Stand Up To Cancer invited me to be an Ambassador nearly eight years ago, I jumped at the chance to work with an initiative that’s truly making an impact to save more lives from this disease. I’ve had the pleasure of racing in SU2C 5Ks, running and dancing the night away at a Night Nation Run event, answering phones at the SU2C telecasts, the list goes on. But, we all know when it comes to ending cancer, there is still so much more to be done.
Regardless of the diagnosis’ outcome, cancer is a cruel and punishing disease. But when we all come together to support and raise awareness, we have the power to help save more lives now. To continue to find better treatments for patients and to see more patients diagnosed with cancer become survivors, we must continue to support cancer research. You and I both know this. Cancer is a disease that must be fought on a myriad of fronts and Stand Up To Cancer has been a vanguard in this battle for years.
People remark to me regularly that they would love to workout with me or have me train them. So I got to thinking: Why not train for an incredible cause? Why not train to help put an end to cancer? And, of course, one of the best ways to prevent cancer in your life is with regular exercise!
Train LA was born out of a desire to make this a reality and raise further awareness for SU2C. A one of a kind event where together we can train for our individual health and raise money for cancer research that will help others survive and thrive. I’ll be there leading one of my signature kick-ass-style workouts, and proudly wearing my SU2C shirt. My shirt that says, “I Stand Up For My Grandmother” because I always have. Only now, in the passing years, the list of people I stand up for has gotten longer. Friends and family members, young and old, are on my mind and in my heart as I continue to stand up and fight this disease.
It’s my hope that in the not-too-distant future, with continued fundraising and research, doctors and scientists will end cancer as we know it. That will be a moment worth remembering.
Please join me, on Saturday, July 8th, in Los Angeles at The Shrine Auditorium to workout, hang out and stand up together. Every person who takes a stand against cancer puts us one step closer to a world without it. And, even if you can’t join me in LA you can still stand up and support groundbreaking cancer research by fundraising for SU2C on Crowdrise.
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