Friday, July 14, 2006

Relay for Life

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This weekend, I am participating in the ACS Relay for Life in Gurnee, IL. For those of you who don't know, Relay for Life is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. The proceeds of these fundraisers from around the country go towards cancer research and treatment. The importance of such things cannot be overstated. More information about the event and the society can be found here, here, and at the ACS website.

If you've ever known someone who has died from cancer, then you can appreciate the need for such things. I, myself, lost a friend to cancer when he was only 17. The progression was incredibly painful to watch, as his leg was amputated to, unsuccessfully, stop the spread. He finally died not long after the cancer spread from his leg to his lungs.

His memory inspires me to work on cancer-related research. It's partly why I've chosen my career path.

If you feel so inclined, please donate to the cause. You can contribute to my team online through this link. I'm told that all donations are tax deductible, but online there is a $5 minimum donation.

Thank you very much for your generosity.


Steve the Troll said...

Finally, a post, and one that might clarify my science vs. religion philosophy.

Do you have more faith in salvation through Christ or through research? If you think/know that Christ can save people, wouldn't that be a better way to help cancer patients? Also, any suffering they feel is God's will anyhow, so...

Further, it shouldn't take the loss of a loved one to get you to empathize with others.

And one more thing...people who are suffering are easier to convert. I think you're shooting yourself in the foot here. God has put these people on the fast track to heaven, assuming that followers like you will help them be save, yet you are impeding their potential ascent. Shame on you.

Hal said...

Oh Steve . . . such tact.

I also love how your "questions" often seem to end up looking like "lectures." Marvelous, really.

Steve the Troll said...

I know, I basically end up talking to myself on here because 1) I'm the only one that reads this blog, and 2) I know better than to expect an answer from you. I try to be brash in order to give you an excuse to avoid responding to my know, so you don't have to feel embarrassed about your lack of answers.