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Craig Sager – Paragon of Perseverance

Craig Sager – Paragon of Perseverance
January 7, 2017

“Time is something that cannot be bought; it cannot be wagered with God; and it is not in endless supply. Time is simply how you live your life.” Wise words of a man who fought Leukemia all the way with his chin up and positive attitude.

Craig Sager is a well known reporter in National Basketball Association (NBA). He died on December 15, 2016. He is well known for his outlandishly garish outfits as well as the questions he asked coaches and players. The story of his fight against cancer is thought provoking. He is an epitome of optimistic outlook who faced his terminal illness with extreme courage. He was aptly awarded Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the ESPY Awards.

Here are the videos of his interview featured in Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel on HBO and his inspiring speech at ESPY Awards show. This is his take on fighting cancer: “The way you think influences the way you feel and the way you feel determines how you act.”

These are words that all of us should definitely live by in our lives.

 

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Charlie Brown to the Rescue!

Charlie Brown to the Rescue!
August 1, 2016

Does your friend or a family member have cancer and you do not know how to explain what cancer is to a toddler in your house? Here is a Charlie Brown cartoon that explains it to the kids the way they can understand it. We have included the short version and the long version of the cartoon here. Long version is in two parts.

Even if you do not have anyone in the kith & kin suffering from cancer please encourage your youngsters learn about cancer. It might inspire them to become an Oncologist or get into research when they grow up to find an effective treatment or cure for the disease. In the meantime it might encourage them to volunteer to help those suffering from cancer.

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The Emperor of All Maladies

The Emperor of All Maladies
July 9, 2016

The book “The Emperor of All Maladies” by Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee won Pulitzer Prize and was New York Times #1 best seller. An exhaustive account of cancer’s origins, The Emperor of All Maladies illustrates how modern treatments–multi-pronged chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery, as well as preventative care–came into existence thanks to a century’s worth of research, trials, and small, essential breakthroughs around the globe. The story of cancer is a story of human ingenuity, resilience, and perseverance but also of hubris, paternalism and misperception. The book is available for purchase in Amazon.

The book was made into a 3 part documentary and was produced by Ken Burns and directed by Barak Goodman. Episode 1 titled Magic Bullets, Episode 2 titled The Blind Men and Elephant and Episode 3 titled Finding the Achilles Heel were screened in March 2015 in PBS. You can learn about these very informative episodes online at http://www.pbs.org/kenburns/cancer-emperor-of-all-maladies/home/ and http://cancerfilms.org/. You can also watch full episodes at http://www.pbs.org/video/2365450686/.

For your convenience we have provided links to these episodes below.

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TED Videos on Cancer

TED Videos on Cancer
March 20, 2016

It is well known that TED (www.ted.com) is devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talk. Most of the lectures are focused on Technology, Entertainment and Design, and hence known as TED lectures.

We rounded up all the best TED lectures on cancer. These videos range from innovation in cancer research, riveting stories from cancer survivors and even ingenious approach about fighting cancer with Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi!

There are a total of 26 videos in this collection. Checkout these powerful and informative collection!

Click on the title to view the full post. When you are viewing the full post you can use the pagination at the bottom to navigate through the videos.

 

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World Cancer Day 2016

World Cancer Day 2016
February 2, 2016

February 4, 2016 is World Cancer Day. A truly global event taking place every year, World Cancer Day unites the world’s population in the fight against cancer. Taking place under the tagline ‘We can. I can.’, World Cancer Day 2016-2018 will explore how everyone – as a collective or as individuals – can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer.

Just as cancer affects everyone in different ways, all people have the power to take various actions to reduce the impact that cancer has on individuals, families and communities.

World Cancer Day is a chance to reflect on what you can do, make a pledge and take action. Whatever you choose to do ‘We can. I can.’ make a difference to the fight against cancer.

For more information on World Cancer Day, please visit http://www.worldcancerday.org/. Watch 2016 World Cancer Day video.

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President Commits to Cancer Research

President Commits to Cancer Research
January 15, 2016

Cancer research has received the much needed boost from President Obama and Vice President Biden. During his state of the union speech on January 12, 2016 President Obama announced their commitment to cancer research.

Since losing his son to brain cancer last year, Vice President Biden has been working closely with American Association of Cancer Research and top cancer researchers and physician-scientists to learn about the current state of cancer research and treatment and potential opportunities to advance the pace of progress. Thanks to his lobbying it helped secure a $2-billion increase for National Institute of Health in this year’s spending legislation. National Cancer Institute is part of NIH.

Last October Vice President Biden said the country needs “a moonshot” to cure cancer and vowed to spend his next 15 months in office to advance this cause. During his address President Obama nominated Vice President Biden in charge of carrying out the “moonshot” to find a cure and announced “For the loved ones we’ve all lost, for the family we can still save, let’s make America the country that cures cancer once and for all”.

Let us hope for and look forward to good things to come out of this commitment in the near future.

Read the full coverage in USA Today, NBC News, and The Hill. Read about Vice President Biden’s plans and next steps in his blog post in Medium.

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