A Letter to Our Friend, Laura Ziskin
Through your life and your leadership, you have been a guiding force in our universe. You have dared to dream out loud, to speak up, to take action -- to put the world on notice that each and every one of us can make a difference in the battle against cancer.
You have asked us all, no matter our station in life, to stand up with you. There is not an activist or advocate who would not be honored to stand by your side. And you have taught us to believe that together, the power of our united effort to beat this disease will far exceed the sum of its parts.
Though we shed tears from your absence in our lives, when we wipe them away we will remember what you have given us, we will see more clearly and our actions will be more deliberate than ever, as we stand up to cancer, as we challenge the status quo, as we dream our dream…Until one day, we can live in a world where everyone diagnosed with cancer can be a survivor, living long and healthy lives -- Until one day, we may tell our children’s children, there was once a killer called cancer.
This year, cancer survivors stand 28 million strong throughout the world. Yet, it is unthinkable that we still lose 1,500 people a day to cancer in the United States alone. And on this day, it feels unbearable to realize that you were among those taken from us.
But your life, your work, your friendship and your light will shine forever. We love you dearly and our lives are all profoundly better for having known you and our lives will never be the same without you.
Or to learn more vist the SU2C website at www.StandUp2Cancer.org