Our Mission To Cure Cancer And Help Those Battling The Disease:
Scott, a trial lawyer and commercial litigator was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in his mid-30s. His wife, Charlene, quickly turned their fears into determination and resolve.She lost many friends and family members to cancer over the years.But when her husband was diagnosed was cancer, Charlene said, "no to cancer.I am not going to let cancer take my husband!We will fight back every day in every way!"Charlene and Scott embarked upon their mission of curing cancer and helping people impacted by the disease over a decade ago. Their determination has only grown over the years as they have met countless wonderful people who are battling cancer in all of its horrible manifestations.
Cancer Is A Terrorist That Lives Within Us:
Cancer is an indiscriminate and out of control killer, a terrorist that lives within all of us. Approximately 1,437,180 new cases of cancer were expected to be diagnosed in 2008 (745,180 men and 692,000 women) and this figure does not include carcinoma in situ (non-invasive cancer) of any site except the bladder and does not include basal and squamous cell skin cancers.More than 1 million basal and squamous cell skin cancers are expected to be diagnosed in 2008.Approximately 556,650 Americans were expected to die of cancer, more than 1,500 people a day, in 2008.Cancer is the second most common cause of death (only heart disease kills more), accounting for 1 in 4 deaths.Cancer will be the leading cause of death in the United States within a few years.The 5-year survival rate for all cancers diagnosed between 1996 and 2003 is 66%, as compared to 50% during the 1975-1977 period.It is important to note that this does not reflect treatment and detection improvements since 2003.Cancer can impact a person at any age, but 77% of all cancers are diagnosed in people 55 and older.One in two men will get cancer during their lifetime and more than one in three women will get cancer in their lifetime.The National Cancer Institute estimates that over 10.8 million Americans with a history of cancer were alive in January 2004.Some were cancer-free, others were not.The human costs of cancer, of course, are incalculable.The National Institute of Health estimates the overall economic costs of cancer in 2007 would exceed $219 billion in the United States (including $89 billion in costs of medical treatments and over $18 billion for costs of lost productivity due to premature death).The economics and the humanomics compel the same conclusion: we must invest more to eradicate cancer and help those impacted by the disease.The statistics will change and vary somewhat from source to source, but the foregoing provides a very good order of magnitude of the problem.
A National Call To Action To Fight Back:
Cancer patients, survivors, and their families must not only respond and fight back, we must take the lead in raising awareness, helping people with cancer, and pushing for better treatments and a cures. We are committed to curing cancer during our life time. We believe that a five-prong attack is required:
Organization and leadership
Public Awareness and Education
Public Policy Advocacy
Fundraising for Cancer Research
The last point is the most important for many battling cancer and to eradicating the disease. We must raise money to find better treatments and a cure and we must invest that money wisely in cogent research.
We hope that you will join our national call to action and join our efforts or embark upon your own. If you would like more information, please click on our "Contact Us" page.
Education, public awareness, and publicity are so important in the battle against cancer. Apart from getting people information that they need to get diagnosed promptly and to obtain the proper treatments, it helps promote fundraising events and enlist volunteers and supporters. Accordingly, Charlene and Scott have made numerous television and radio appearances educating people about cancer and promoting organizations and events.
Click the link to the right to hear a 25 minute radio interview of Scott conducted in August 2008.