Friday, February 15, 2008

A Call To Action

Two days before my Mom, Barbara Lubin, passed on, I shared a private moment with her. I could tell that we wouldn't get much more time together. She was so uncomfortable and in so much pain that it was impossible for me to stay very composed. But, I did ante up and manage to ask her something; I wanted to hear if there was any advice or any thing, with her deathbed perspective, that she would wish or ask of me.

"Mom," I said with a cracking voice. "Is there anything you'd want from me or like me to do in life?"

"Yeah," Mom replied with a smile. "Get a colonoscopy."

Even then, she kept her sense of humor. But, it surfaced in a message that she repeated again and again. And it's a message that I now pass on you.

Colon cancer is eminently treatable when CAUGHT EARLY (if caught in Stage 1, the five year survival rate is greater than 90%). Mom never forgave herself for waiting until she was 56 years old to get tested. By then, she was already in Stage 4 (where the five year survival rate is less than 5%). To help raise awareness for this disease, I have set a fundraising goal to support Partners in Prevention; I'd encourage you to set up your personal donation page too. Once you do that you can start sending emails to your friends, family and colleagues and invite them to make a donation to help us reach our goal.

Or, in the alternative, just come out and join us for the Remembrance Walk on March 9th! I am joining the Partners in Prevention on March 9, 2008 in Central Park for their 5th Annual New York Colon Cancer Challenge to help bring the message of prevention and hope to the New York community. I'd love to see you there.

Follow This Link to visit my personal web page and help me in my efforts.


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