I am a survivor

9 Jun

Sunday, June 5 was National Cancer Survivorship Day. “National Cancer Survivors Day® is an annual, treasured worldwide Celebration of Life that is held in hundreds of communities throughout the United States, Canada, and other participating countries. Participants unite in a symbolic event to show the world that life after a cancer diagnosis can be meaningful and productive.”[1]

In honor of this important day I have highlighted five celebrities who not only survived cancer but also used their fame to become activist against this deadly disease.

Cynthia Nixon

The star of Sex and the City was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 2006. She became an Ambassador for the Susan G. Komen For a Cure, a nonprofit organization dedicated to finding a cure for Breast Cancer.

 http://www.komennyc.org/site/PageServer?pagename=2010homepage

 Scott Hamilton

Scott Hamilton, a gold medal figure skating champion, was diagnosed with Testicular Cancer in 1997. In 1999 Scott Hamilton and the Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute  (where he was treated) created The Scott Hamilton CARES initiative. The CARES’ mission is to “advance towards the cure of cancer through research and education and to improve the quality of life and support for people affected by cancer. CARES has funded nearly $1.2 million in cancer research”[2]

http://scottcares.org/

 Fran Drescher
 Fran Drescher is a well-known actress who in 2000 was diagnosed with Uterine Cancer.  She founded “Cancer Schmancer”, which focuses on the education of prevention and early detection for women’s cancers.

 http://www.cancerschmancer.org/

Sharon Osbourne

Sharon Osbourne, wife of musican Ozzy Osbourne and star of the reality show “America’s Got Talent”, was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2002. She started The Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Program at Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles to offer support for patients and their families and to raise awareness about the importance of regular screenings.

http://www.sharonosbourne.com/support.html

 Peggy Fleming

Peggy Fleming is an Olympic gold medalist figure skater, who in 1998, was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Fleming and her husband own Fleming Jenkins, a winery in California. Fleming Jenkins has created wines specifically to raise funds for cancer research and awareness. Since the 2004 the winery has donated over $45,000 to the cause.[3])

http://flemingjenkins.com/victories/default.htm

I hope one day I can use my fame (yet to be determined what I will be famous for) to put an end to Cancer.  My slogan might be “I’m Big Al and Cancer is not your pal”. Ok, I won’t quit my day job.

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