1 out of 4 Canadians is expected to die from cancer. - The Canadian Cancer Society
I want you to read that stat again. 1 out of 4. Will die. That is staggering. And unacceptable. We can allow ourselves and our loved ones to be passive victims or we can take a stand, make an effort and give of ourselves to effect change. As Hitters, we choose CHANGE!
I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something I can do. - Edward Everett Hale
On our own we are one; together we are many! And our impact can be magnificent. Its time for Round 3 of our annual fundraiser, Kick the *&%! Out of Cancer. Last year saw us raise $119 480 for the Alberta, BC and Nova Scotian cancer foundations. Our mission is to celebrate cancer survivors, honour those lost to the disease and provide the opportunity to continue the fight. By joining, you’re helping two ways!
1. You’re helping yourself reduce cancer risk factors by exercising. As a participant, you will commit to Hit for a set number of workouts in October. Research shows that about one-third of all cancers can be prevented by eating well, being active and staying at a healthy body weight. You’re reducing your risk factors and setting an incredibly important example for your family. Don’t ever underestimate the importance of demonstrating healthy habits in your own life; it can inspire the most change in others.
Unfortunately no matter how low your risk factors, you can still get cancer. It’s a pervasive, dangerous disease that no one is immune to. Yet. That’s where the fundraising comes in to play.
2. You’re helping cancer foundations to do everything they can to prevent cancer, fund research to outsmart cancer, and empower, educate and support Canadians living with cancer. According to the Canadian Cancer Society:
Investing in the best research has led to tremendous progress against cancer. We know more about what causes cancer, how it develops, how best to treat it and how we can improve the quality of life of people living with cancer. Today, over 60% of Canadians diagnosed with cancer will survive at least 5 years after their diagnosis. In the 1940s, survival was about 25%.
There is progress being made! Our $$$ work. Let’s keep it going. By donning your Pink tee and sticking out those October workouts, you’re inspiring others to give. Most people want to help change the world for the better, you’re providing them a way to do so.
So, we need you. Hitters are truly remarkable women. You know the benefits that come with a commitment and a little hard work. We need you to lead, with your words, your actions and a bit of your time. Registration is easy and cheap (5 minutes at kickwomenscancer.com) ; our fundraiser is fun and rewarding. Do it to provide hope. Hope for us, for those fighting cancer right now and for the next generation.
It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself
– Ralph Waldo Emerson