Stand Up To Cancer

Do you know of an Eastern Carolinian who has an inspiring story in their battle with cancer?

You might have heard about an upcoming collaborative effort between NBC, CBS and ABC.  On September 5, the three major networks will join together for STAND UP TO CANCER.  It will be a one-hour prime time special that hopes to make history in the fight against a devastating epidemic.   

According to the American Cancer Society, cancer kills more than half a million people a year in America alone -- 1500 people a day -- 1 person every minute.  Because we are living longer, the likelihood of being diagnosed with cancer has never been higher: 1 out of 3 women and 1 out of 2 men.

Do you know anyone in Eastern Carolina who has an inspiring story in their battle with cancer?  We want to celebrate the people who battle cancer, those who are winning and those whom cancer has claimed.  Tell us your stories on the blog.  They just may be featured as part of WITN News at Sunrise. 

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  • by Maggie Location: Washington on Oct 7, 2008 at 10:31 AM
    Cancer is a horrible disease I watched eat away at people I love until nothing was left of them. Then getting them ready for a funeral they had to fill them full of cotton so they would look a little like them selves. I wish this did not happen to people they suffer so much.
  • by Stephanie Location: Knoxville, TN on Aug 30, 2008 at 02:33 PM
    It's impossible to put into words how much cancer has changed my life and the life of my family. My parents, Andy and Katie Owens, are both survivors. My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992 and my dad with bladder cancer in 2006. I live 500 from miles from Greenville and when you know your parent is sick, it might as well be a million miles. Both of my parents have shown tremendous strength and grace in battling their illnesses. I remember, vividly, when my mother was at her sickest. She was completely bald and in a lot of pain. And she was singing. "O Rejoice in the LORD He makes no mistake, He knoweth the end of each path that I take, For when I am tried And purified, I shall come forth as gold." To honor my parents I participate in walk the Knoxville Race for the Cure and the Relay for Life. Next year I will participate in the 2 day breast cancer walk in Charlotte. My parents are survivors. I raise money for cancer research to honor them.
  • by Jesse Location: Winterville, NC on Aug 26, 2008 at 10:14 AM
    I am now a 27 year old cancer survivor. I was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma at age 22 and started treatment soon thereafter. After multiple surgeries, chemo-therapy, radiation and lots of prayers I was deemed cancer free in 2004. I have been in remission now for the last 4 years. Although I don't like to discuss it much, I feel like I have a duty now as a survivor to help others fighting the same battle I fought 5 years ago when I first learned I had it. Thank you for reminding us all that it is still a problem. Hopefully we can find a cure someday.
  • by Tim Location: La Grange on Aug 21, 2008 at 09:49 PM
    Over the past nine years, I have lost an aunt, a daughter-in-law, and my mother-in-law to cancer. My wife and I think about them every day.
  • by David Location: Greenville on Aug 16, 2008 at 02:24 PM
    Hi Heather. Colon cancer claimed my mother December 19, 2007. She is only a good memory now. Lung cancer is currently trying to claim my oldest brother Pete. This sounds all too in-line with the disease and too close for me not to be getting screened for it. But, really I think if I was born with the make-up to get it there's not much I can do about it.
  • by Lee Ann Location: Walstonburg, NC on Aug 14, 2008 at 09:52 AM
    Brain cancer claimed the life of my beautiful mother on October 13, 2007. Cancer is a horrible sickness that affects more people than you know. Cancer comes in so many forms, it strikes so many unsuspecting victims every year. We had no idea my mom had cancer until brain tumors had already reached a stage 4. She was diagnosed on August 15 and she died on Oct. 13, 2007. We are still trying to deal with our lose and and our feelings. I do no tthink I will ever understand this ravishing sickness.
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