Let’s Beat Cancer
By: Connor Lenahan
It’s the word we all never want to hear. “Cancer.” Not a single person on the planet looks forward to hearing those six letters spill out of the mouth of a doctor or a loved one. Not a single person wants to go toe to toe with one of the most villainous diseases known to man. Unfortunately many of us either will directly deal with the disease or be close to someone that has to. There are no statistics necessary to back this up, as everyone alive today has already been impacted by cancer one way or another.
I am not one to back down from a challenge. I have had to face my own obstacles in life in dealing with Osteogenesis Imperfecta. They have changed how I go about my life day in and day out to an extreme degree despite how much I care not to admit it. It has affected possibilities on what I will ever be able to do – I’m not going to be joining LeBron James as a Cavalier any time soon. It affects how I get around on a daily basis – I’m always near my wheelchair with my leg braces on. It changes how I look at the world – I see tripping hazards that people without OI would never realize. With all this in mind I never back down from a fight. I’ve been able to win almost every battle against my condition that I’ve had to face and I have no plans on having my record drop below “pristine.” I have an amazing admiration for those that have had to face cancer at any point in their lives. For as difficult as some of my challenges have been they do not even remotely compare with the struggles that those fighting any and all forms of cancer must take on. Nothing brings a smile to my face like the story of someone able to beat cancer. Nothing would bring a smile like the headline that we all have beaten cancer.
Recently I was nominated to be the Boston University representative in the Coaches vs. Cancer fundraising challenge for the American Cancer Society. When provided the opportunity to lead the way in trying to raise money to help find a solution to cancer once and for all I said yes instantaneously. How could you not? In a world with trillions of different paths to take cancer remains a link we all share. It’s inescapable. The thought that this one day may be the case is more amazing than words could ever express. The thought that future generations could be able to live without fear of cancer is one that brings genuine tears of joy to the eyes. There are amazing people working to make this a reality at the ACS. I want to help them any way I can. That’s why I’m proud to be the representative for BU.
This is a new challenge. Together we can make a real difference in the world and work towards one of the most amazing goals ever – beating cancer once and for all. Any contribution made makes an impact. Sharing this link does as well. Together we can really do something amazing. Please, please, please help this amazing cause. Let’s all try and make this world a better place for us all.