"To me there are three things everyone should do every day. Number one is laugh. Number two is think -- spend some time in thought. Number three, you should have your emotions move you to tears. If you laugh, think and cry, that's a heck of a day." - Jimmy V, 1993 ESPY Speech
  • The WHY!!!
  • Have your kids watched Jimmy V’s 1993 ESPY Speech?`
  • Embracing The Calm In The Chaos
Colorectal, Kidney, Myeloma
Why do we share this?  NOT to upset or depress you.  Awareness months are a reminder to be on top of your health.  To raise awareness, money and help those who need it most.
President Carter and President Biden’s Cancer diagnosis are a great reminder that some people need.  President Carter, now in hospice care at 98 has lived many years since his diagnosis.  President Biden, just announced his diagnosis with a very common form of skin cancer.  The sharing of this information WILL save lives!
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The speech that basketball coach Jim Valvano gave while on a cancer journey at the ESPY’s in 1993 may be 30 years old.  Your kids weren’t born, but if they’re sports fans, they definitely know his name.  What they don’t know is how he has saved lives since that speech and how the V Foundation has granted over 310 million to cancer research. 
If you’re looking for a way to sit and watch a video with your kids this week, make it this one.  Tell them you need 11 minutes with them to remind them about the importance of life and inspire them to push through hard times and to do just 3 simple things every day.
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My Cancer Family spoke to Mary Ellen Curran, VP of The V Foundation about the importance of the speech today.
What do you want people to get out of the speech today?  What's the most important message?
Jim’s speech continues to be a cornerstone of our mission. Jim never ceased to fight during his battle with cancer and did what many thought was not possible by taking the stage that night. One quote from that night that sticks out shows our mission - “It [cancer research] may not save my life. It may save my children’s life. It may save someone you love.” Jim’s selflessness showed how he thought of others over himself in his greatest time of need, and the importance of cancer research for the future.
It’s not your mother’s cancer anymore! 
 Back in the day, no one spoke about the C-word.  No one shared.  
It’s a different time, and your sharing is caring.  Here’s proof!
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Passing The Time In Treatment?
Does your mind wonder?  Can you stay awake? Have you thought about a career change or starting something new on the side while in cancer treatment?  
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Stacy Igel’s new book, Embracing The Calm In The Chaos is a quick easy read on how she started and created her impact based fashion brand while in college and continues to make positive changes in the world.  She donates to cancer, partners with companies like SAKS, Roots and Care Bears and certainly shares how to push through the chaos.
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Stay Positive,  
Denise & the My Cancer Family family
Cancer Sucks.  F*** Cancer. We Hate Cancer. We know this already.  We can’t change that for you. We CAN change your journey. We WILL make it easier and better.We are YOUR Cancer Family.