It amazes me that it has only been 11 months since we started talking about a No Stomach For Cancer Walk; yet, here we are planning the second annual Walk after having had a successful one in 2012. What a great way to kick off November, Stomach Cancer Awareness Month!
Although the Walk was a success in that it raised over $35,000, its even greater success was that it was a symbol of the mission of No Stomach For Cancer –“to support research and unite the caring power of people worldwide affected by stomach cancer.”
Whether people were in the US, where there were participants from 35 states and Washington, D.C., or from one of the 10 other countries, people from all over the world spent part of their day walking, raising awareness, and sharing their stories about stomach cancer. Some people gathered in large groups with family and friends while others contacted a Walk Organizer in their geographic location and arranged to walk together on that day with people they had never met. Some people walked their local mall, their downtown business district, or near national landmarks. Some people connected with one or two others and walked around various tourist attractions near where they live. Others wore their Walk shirt as they did errands throughout the day or attended their child’s soccer game.
Wearing their periwinkle Walk T-shirt with the message “Stomach cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the world” written in seven languages and handing out wristbands and awareness cards, people showed the world that this statement is not merely about numbers. They showed that those cancer deaths are our parents, our children, our siblings, our spouses, our relatives, our friends, and our co-workers.
In one day, ordinary people canvassed the globe, putting a face to stomach cancer. They posted pictures on-line throughout the day… of their Walk efforts… of their loved ones…..And in doing so, we were united….. for the pictures might have been of people we did not know personally but whose stories we knew… for they were our stories too….
We hope that you will join us in our efforts wherever you are located on November 2, 2013. Talk to your family and friends… make it a fun, positive occasion to come together and let people know about stomach cancer….It is by “uniting the caring power of people worldwide affected by stomach cancer” that we will make a difference. Register today!