I, like most, have had family members lose the battle to cancer. It’s the unfortunate reality of the world we live in today. The scale of the disease is simply overwhelming. Similar to global warming, car accidents and poverty, it often feels impossible to have a positive effect on such a daunting issue.
The mission to find a cure for cancer is something I strongly believe in and value. Most of us have our own stories about how cancer has affected someone we loved dearly. My story is about my mother, who was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2001. At the time, we lived in a small city where there was not a powerful resource like Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. The doctors tried to do what they could, but her advanced cancer was past the point of intervention. My mother lost her battle on November 10, 2001, two months after my 13th birthday.
Unfortunately, most of us today do not have enough fingers to count the people we know who are fighting cancer. I have seen firsthand the challenges that cancer patients of all ages are facing.
Hello! Thank you for checking out the website and seeing what Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center is doing. It’s unusual to meet someone who doesn’t have a family member, friend, neighbor or co-worker whose life has been touched by cancer. This is why, when considering involvement in a charity organization, I made a decision to join the VICC Ambassadors to raise money for discovery grants that will push an anti-cancer concept forward from the idea stage to the limelight of big Pharma’s attention. These discovery grants can make a huge difference if they can only get out of the gate.
I joined the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center Ambassadors in 2017 through the Young Leaders Council Leadership Program. The VICC Ambassadors are an amazing group of passionate individuals that I am thankful to have the opportunity to partner alongside in the fight against cancer. Our experience together has been incredible; the influence we have made has been significant; and the friendships we have formed have been endearing.
We are pleased to support the work of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center by serving as VICC Ambassadors.
I am pleased to support the work of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center by serving as a VICC Ambassador.
Cancer has affected almost everyone, but each of us can make a difference.