In November 2020, the American Cancer Society’s mission became even more personal to me and my family, when my husband, David, was diagnosed with cancer. I’ve often heard people say that your life changes instantly when you hear those words and as shocked as we were to hear his diagnosis, looking back we didn’t realize how significantly our lives were about to change. David spent three years living with cancer, which included a steady stream of doctor appointments, hospital stays, chemotherapy, surgeries, and late-night emergency room visits. Throughout his cancer journey, we found the benefit of the information provided by the American Cancer Society to be immeasurable as we navigated through his new normal of life with cancer. We are also thankful for the advances made in cancer treatment and care as a result of the American Cancer Society’s life-extending research.
David passed away in December 2023 and while he didn't want his life to be defined by his cancer diagnosis, there is no denying the positive impact the resources available through the American Cancer Society had on both of us. Prior to his diagnosis, David and I were long time supporters of the American Cancer Society and participants in the Sole Burner. After his diagnosis, our passion for the organization only increased. David and I often discussed the charities and organizations we wanted to support, those which were closest to our hearts and impacted our experiences most significantly. The American Cancer Society is among those at the top of our list. Please join me in supporting the American Cancer Society.