I found out I had cancer just over 23 months ago, and this Sunday I’m running a 5K. I don’t say this to brag. In fact, “running” is a pretty generous word. Walking, shuffling, scuffing, straggling… Still, it’s another opportunity to marvel at this death-defying life I’m living, and I’m grateful.
The 5K is a fundraiser for the Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina, a fabulous organization dedicated to saving lives and providing support to those affected by lung cancer. Part of their mission, too, is to dispel myths and raise awareness about the disease. For example, they point to these statistics published by the American Cancer Society:
If you’d like to support “Team Ben,” I’d welcome that! You can go HERE and sponsor me personally or just make a donation to the team. All funds that we raise go directly toward the work of the Lung Cancer Initiative. Thank you!
I have stage IV lung cancer and I write about that here. If you're out there and you're fighting cancer, solidarity. If you read "lung cancer" and you wonder if I was a smoker, read this. Living with cancer is a daily, death-defying reality - one that pushes me to not simply defy death, but to affirm life, bless goodness, cheer for wonder, celebrate beauty... you get the idea. I hope I do that here.