With You, We Stand: June 18, 2012
Posted on June 18, 2012, 9:55 AM
Last week Stand Up To Cancer mourned the loss of Margaret Edge. We were fortunate enough to meet Margaret in 2010 when she participated in a PI3K clinical trial led by Dr. Eric Winer. Margaret was featured on the SU2C 2010 show and described herself as a “mom and a horse woman.” When she spoke of being a trail participant Margaret said, ” The clinical trials give us hope, a reason to keep fighting. What they learn from me they can pass on to the next moms and daughters.” With the help of Dr. Winer, Margaret was able to survive for ten years after her cancer metastasized. Margaret fought to be there for her son for as long as possible. “Her love of her husband, son, family, and friends got her through the toughest of times,” remembers sister-in-law, Jennifer Burd. “She was a brave woman who will be forever cherished in our hearts and memories. We have only begun to miss her.”
It was five years ago when Robin Roberts faced and overcame a breast cancer diagnosis. This week in front of millions the “Good Morning America” anchor announced that she has myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), a blood disease, that was likely caused by her cancer treatment. She explained her diagnosis and treatment with great optimism. “My doctors tell me I’m going to beat this—and I know it’s true,” she said in the statement. “If you Google MDS, you may find some scary stuff, including statistics that my doctors insist don’t apply to me. They say I’m younger and fitter than most people who confront this disease and will be cured.” At SU2C we regard Robin as a friend. She has supported Stand Up To Cancer since it’s inception and we stand in support of her as she enters treatment.
MTV Star and MedGift founder Diem Brown has been diagnosed with a recurrence of ovarian cancer. As a young adult diagnosed with ovarian cancer Diem, now 28, candidly shared her cancer experience with MTV. Diem is also the founder of MedGift, a charity organization providing gift registry services to sick patients. “Any patient, from cancer to car accidents to wounded warriors, can list their hospital bills, ask for wigs, wheelchairs, certain foods or cosmetics. Their friends, family and co-workers can then go on and select an item from their patient gift registry, without even having to ask,” she told Fox News in February. “I wanted to make MedGift mainstream, so the second someone has a medical misfortune, they know where to turn.” Upon her latest diagnosis Diem encouraged her fans to get yearly exams and tweeted “I know I will be fine I beat Cancer once & I’m gonna do it again! I know God has a reason for every speed bump in life & I’m ready.”
SU2C is inspired by stories like these and millions of others. Cancer takes one person every minute and to wait for someone else to save our lives and the lives of those we love is no longer an option. At SU2C, we believe that together, we can end this disease by becoming one unstoppable movement. The end of cancer begins with you.
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