Let me put this out there right at the beginning. I am going to come across as a dick in this post. I don’t care. We Americans are stupid about lots of things. We love mixing alcohol and guns. We love all the scandalous personal details about celebrities. We believe politicians about how they care about the average American. We believe that bigger equals better. And the final thing that I am going to mention here is this: we donate money to help offset the costs of people who get cancer. That is probably the stupidest thing that I have written here. Why? Because it doesn’t do anything to fight this scourge of a disease.
Cancer has been around for over 2000 years. The ancient Greeks are the first to label cancer. It is believed that the Ancient Egyptians also were afflicted with cancer throughout their history. The treatment for cancer has changed and evolved since then. And yet, it is a disease that we have not been able to solve because of it’s ability to be benign, interact with our blood, and attack the body from the inside. Technology is helping us figure out this disease and yet, now we might have the cure for some forms of cancer be pushed further into the future due to cuts in scientific research by the United States government.
And while the fight for funding through the government needs to have high importance, there is also private funding that needs to be increased. And that is where we need to focus. Let me ask you something? Do you know of a family member who has died from cancer? I do. I know 5 of my family members that have died due to cancer or complications that came from the disease. I know that none of my family members had fundraisers to help with their medical costs. And that is fine. And yes, I do begrudge those that have fundraisers held for their medical costs. And I think that those who give funds to those fundraisers are throwing their money away. (Told you that I am going to be a dick.) In fact, you stupid idiots need to figure out something. You are just allowing this disease to kill more people.
Let me give you an example. I lived in Jamestown, ND for 16 years. The Relay for Life organization used to be huge there. For a town of 15,000 people, the organization used to have their Relay for Life attended by over a thousand people. The fundraising used to be over $10,000 per year easily. And then something happened. People started to wonder why the funds raised didn’t stay local. The community started to wonder why the American Cancer Society needed money to go to their headquarters and why they didn’t see what their money was going to. So, R.M. Stoudt, the local Ford Dealership, decided that they would do a 5k run for a fundraiser and all funds would go to people in the local community to help defray their costs associated with the cancer that they have. That is great. They raise thousands of dollars for those people. Guess where none of that money goes? Cancer research. So while the Relay for Life fundraiser might raise about half of what it did back in it’s heyday, some of that money goes towards research to cure this disease. While the run from R.M. Stoudt does none of that. Let’s look at what happens in 20 years. The R.M. Stoudt fundraiser does nothing to figure out a cure, but the ACS fundraiser does. If you want to eliminate cancer, which one do you support?
It is time for Americans to stop being idiotic and figure out that we need to fund research that will eventually lead to a cure for cancer. If we continue to to do the tribal thing that Americans do, we will allow more of our fellow Americans to die because we are worried more about our town or area instead of the entire population. And this problem isn’t a local problem. Yes, it might mean that some people in our communities will have a little bit more problems with their financial situation. But people in fly-over country shouldn’t care due to the voting patterns that we see there and the politicians that they vote for. The time has come to eradicate this disease. The only way we do this is if people stop worrying about being butt hurt and financing the research.