Letter: Join The Fight Against Cancer
On Dec. 18, 2015, I was diagnosed with Papillary Thyroid Cancer. Hearing that six letter word-C-A-N-C-E-R-is scary. I am one of the lucky survivors, as Papillary Thyroid Cancer is one of the most curable types of cancer.
I recently saw pictures on Facebook and in the Pierce County Tribune about Jack Swanson, who was recently diagnosed with Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma. He was made an Honorary Soldier for a day by the North Dakota National Guard. For just having surgery and all the soldiers around you and that big smile, Jack, you are also a hero because you are an inspiration to many people. I feel Jack is also a soldier for another reason: You, Jack, along with many others who have or have had cancer are soldiers. We may not be fighting for our country, but were are fighting for a different reason. That reason is the war against cancer.
As American soldiers have lost lives in battle fighting for our Country, there have been many who have lost the battle against cancer. If you have cancer, if you are a survivor, if you have been a caregiver for someone who has had cancer or if you donate to Relay for Life, then you are also a soldier fighting for a cure.
I have, as I am sure many of you have, many family and friends who have had cancer. I have joined a Relay for Life team this year. I am asking for your help in the fight against cancer, by way of monetary donations.
My type of cancer did not take my hair, so this is my pledge. If I can raise $5,000, I will shave my head in honor/memory of family and friends who have/had cancer. The money raised is not about shaving my head, it is about people who are soldiers who have had to battle cancer.
I have had several people who said they would shave my head for me. Trish Mueller, owner of the Hair Emporium in Rugby, has helped me with a most generous donation to kick off my pledge to shave my head. On May 31 at the Hair Emporium, April Adam will do the honors of shaving my head in honor/memory of our friends and families-our soldiers.
With your donation it is very important for you to include names of family and friends who survived or were lost to cancer. A piece of hair that comes off my head will be dedicated to them. If you are able to donate, checks can be made out to Relay for Life and mailed to P.O. Box 201, Rugby, ND 58368.
A luminary will be made for each of the names you give me and displayed for the luminary ceremony during the Relay for Life event on June 3 at Johnsen Field in Rugby.
I want to thank you in advance for becoming a soldier, with your contribution, to help in the fight against cancer.
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