Posted by Pat Garcia-Gonzalez on September 22, 2010
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer; if you have experienced the uncertainty of not knowing if treatment was available; if you ever wondered if there is anything you could do to help yourself, your loved one and others, THIS IS THE TIME; THIS IS YOUR CHANCE!
Watch our Call to Action video
In September 2011, for the first time in history, the United Nations will convene a high level Summit to discuss the burden of cancer and other non-communicable diseases on the world’s needy populations. This is the first time that Heads of State will address the burden of cancer around the world.
This is our opportunity to make our voices heard so that they hear that we need help. We must ensure that the United Nations take actions to address the needs of people diagnosed with cancer. They can do it! In fact, it was a similar summit in 2001 which led to the creation of the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS and billions of dollars have since then been available to fight this disease. We need decisive actions of this kind.
Participating is easy; join the Maximize Life Movement and help us meet our pledge of 10,000 signatures in support of the World Cancer Declaration. The declaration is a document that lists 11 targets to be achieved by the year 2020. It calls for the development of National Cancer Control Plans in every country, and it calls for equal access to treatment, support, and the availability of pain medication for everyone who needs it. It calls for the eradication of the stigma associated with the diagnosis which all of us know well can be quite isolating.
If each of us signs in support of the World Cancer Declaration, together we can have a loud voice. If each of us asks 10 people to sign, our voice will multiply and carry us to success.
Take this opportunity! Help us rise above cancer into a world where everyone can have access to resources no matter where they live. Thank you; thank you from the bottom of my heart, on behalf of every person who is courageously battling cancer under the most challenging conditions.