As most of you know, I was diagnosed with cancer 2½ years ago. In the span of a few short days, I went on Sunday from near the pinnacle of my being (GA at Soldier Field to see U2 with Joel) to fear, anger, and despair (a cancer diagnosis and then surgery and recovery). I am fine. My prognosis is outstanding. And, I am both fortunate and lucky. Not everyone enjoys my good fortune or good luck.
I am fortunate and lucky because I had the "right" type of cancer; one that the scientists and doctors can largely treat at almost any stage. I am fortunate and lucky because I am in your network and had access to world-class oncologists and surgeons, and, of course, one of the leading cancer centers in the world, Lurie Cancer Center of Northwestern (H/T to Jonny Imerman!) I am fortunate and lucky because the doctors, nurses and staff at Northwestern treated me with great care, respect and dignity. I am fortunate and lucky because I did not have to worry once about being able to pay for my care or whether I had the resources to ask the right questions and process the answers. I am fortunate and lucky because others before me raised awareness and funds for cancer research. And, above all, I am fortunate and lucky to be blessed with Sara, Joel and Gabriel, and all of you.
Cancer is an insidious, brutal disease, and we are asking for your support so that positive outcomes are born from the great work of scientists and doctors and do not depend on good luck or good fortune.
Sara and I hope you will join us to achieve our goal. We committed to raising $25,000 and being a "presenting sponsor" for the 27th Annual Cancer Survivors' Celebration Walk & 5K, which supports the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University. Of note, 100 percent of the funds we raise benefit vital research and programs at the Lurie Cancer Center.
Please join us in the fight to eradicate cancer by donating on our Catalyzer page. Thank you for your love, support and friendship.