This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the American Cancer Society.
Last Year I had the opportunity to work with the American Cancer Society. It was a great experience. So when I heard the ACS was turning 100 years old this year, I knew I wanted to be involved again. The American Cancer Society started back in 1913 with only 15 physicians and business leaders who wanted to raise awareness of cancer. Who would have known that it would become the leading fighter in ending disease.
The ACS is all about giving people more birthdays. They have played a role in nearly every cancer research breakthrough in recent history and have made a huge contribution to lung cancer research, helping to decrease the smoking rate by 50 percent. Their influence is monumental and their efforts save lives every.single.day.
Our family has been greatly impacted by cancer.
When I was just 6 months old, my grandfather died of cancer. He fought for 5 years, but his throat cancer came back. It has had a huge impact on my life. I was the only grandchild he ever met, and my parents tell me stories of how he used to bounce me on his knee and make clucking noises with the hole in his throat.
I don't remember him, but I miss him. I wonder what it would be like if he was still alive. I know we would have a lot in common. My grandmother, who has been a widow for the last 36 years, would have had a very different life. I know that with all the developments the American Cancer Society has discovered over the last 30 years, my grandfather would have lived, had he gotten the same cancer today.
A few years ago cancer hit our family again when my aunt was diagnosed with brain cancer. She was young, and fought for 18 months before passing away. Leaving behind three girls. The two youngest were just out of high school. They were forced to grow up too fast, as they put their lives on hold to care for her every need. Watching my aunt and her family go through this horrible time, opened my eyes to all that the American Cancer Society does. They have saved over 1.2 million lives in the last 100 years and fight to make sure that everyone with cancer can get all the help they need. With my aunt, we were so grateful for all they did, and continue to do to fight cancer and give more people a birthday.
This year the ACS if working with celebrities like Josh Groban and Mary J. Blige. Cancer has a way of touching all of our lives and everyone is getting on board to help fight the fight.
Happy Birthday to the American Cancer Society. Thank you for all you are doing to save the lives of those we love!
This is a sponsored post by the American Cancer Society.