All American Weekend

I don’t know about you, but I just love the Fourth of July.  So much to celebrate about this wonderful country of ours.  And, for just one day, there is no bickering, no arguing, no politics; just cheers that we are so blessed to live in this great country.  

As I celebrated this week-end I also thought about what the USA means for cancer.  The Cancer Moonshot kicked off this week across the nation.   We have some of the world’s premier doctors and cancer centers right here in the United States.  We have universities developing amazing and promising treatments.  I am honored to sit on the advisory board of Purdue University’s Center for Cancer Research and I have learned first hand of the types of breakthroughs in cancer research that are occurring here in the states, and they are nothing short of remarkable!

Here in the US, breakthroughs discovered for treatment can quickly move to clinical trials, because at the heart of this country is such an entrepreneurial spirit.  We CAN do things and we DO – do things.   Our country values the individual and because of that, we have so many support services for those going through cancer.  From social service programs such as the Cancer Support Community to websites, blogs or retailers for women who have had to deal with mastectomy.  When a need is identified, Americans are quick to address the situation.

Sure, we see challenges.  But, for this weekend, as we celebrated America, I couldn’t help but celebrate what America means for the cancer patient, and how blessed we truly are.