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Letter: We must fund clinical trials to help find cures for cancer

We must fund clinical trials to help find cures for cancer

Another election season is upon us and all of the candidates are talking about issues – some serious and some not at all – but none of them has talked about cancer and the toll this horrible disease is taking on our country.

Cancer is not a Republican, Democrat, independent, conservative, liberal or tea party issue – it is a people issue. Cancer touches all of us – 11,000 Americans die each week from cancer. That’s unacceptable. What’s worse is that these people do not live in a vacuum. They’re our mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters and friends, or in my case, my child, Teddi.

It is pretty hard to understand how we, as a country, have given a blank check to protecting the homeland – to the tune of some $3 trillion – while funding for cancer research is much, much less. If you ask people if they are more afraid of being attacked by a terrorist or going to the doctor and walking out with a diagnosis of cancer, I would venture to say that cancer is the bigger fear. And it is no surprise that people are in fear of cancer. If you are a woman, you have a one in three chance of being diagnosed with cancer, and if you’re a man, the chances are one in two. Those are not very great odds.

We have the means and the technology to be successful in this endeavor, but we all need to come together to make it happen. Here at Camp Good Days, we continue to collect signatures on our Cancer Mission 2020 Petition, which supports clinical trials, because clinical trials are where the answers are going to come from. I encourage you to visit cancermission2020.org and sign our petition, and then share it with your family, friends and colleagues. Join us in letting our current and future leaders know that we want finding the answers to cancer put on the front burner.

Gary Mervis

Founder, Camp Good Days and Special Times