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#26 "The one with a whole lot of HOPE"

One of my favorite television series is Friends. Every single Friends episode has the Number of the Episode followed by the title “The one with….”.  If this blog was an episode of Friends, the title would be “The one with a whole lot of Hope”.

One of my interviews this summer was with the CEO of the American Cancer Society, Gary M. Reedy. The American Cancer Society is on a mission to free the world from cancer Until they do, they are funding and conducting research, sharing expert information, supporting patients, and spreading the word about prevention. 

Gary grew up in a small town in Virginia as one of five children. In high school, Gary loved sports, played in the band, and worked at the local grocery store. He always had a positive attitude, and he considered himself someone who sees the glass as half full. He admired the doctor in that small town because everyone sought out the doctor when they needed help. He wanted to be someone everyone looked to for help. 

Although Gary is a glass half full kind of guy, he is amazed at the impact we have had on fighting cancer in his lifetime. Gary shared, “I would have never believed that the overall cancer death rate would decrease by 27% in the United States.” That equates to 2.6 million fewer cancer deaths between 1991 and 2016 – estimating to about 500 fewer cancer deaths every single day (American Cancer Society). 

He followed that sentence by saying to me, “Gianna, your generation is not the one who started cancer, but it is going to be the one that ends it.” That is so powerful!

The CEO of the American Cancer Society believes that our generation can be the one to end cancer. When I was listening to the recording of our interview, and I heard him say that again, I was overwhelmed. I was overwhelmed with a feeling of hope - the feeling that we are going to make things better for people.

How can we feel hope when we think about scary words like cancer? Start thinking about these world changers that I have interviewed. Every single person I have spoken with has heard one of those scary words and started doing something about it. Things are being done for the betterment of this world we live in and the people on it. A feeling of fear is replaced with a feeling of hope – EVERY SINGLE TIME.

If you don’t feel hopeful already, I will say it again. This is Blog 26 - The One With a Whole Lot of Hope...the one where the CEO of the American Cancer Society believes that OUR generation will be the one to end cancer.

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