For the second time, I participated in Relay for Life as part of the International Baccalaureate program's team. The event took place from Friday, March 30 to Saturday, March 31, 2012. Over 40 IB students participated this year from our school, as well as a few teachers, making this the largest team ever for our school. I have been touched by cancer through an aunt, a grandfather, and a cousin who all died from cancer, and a former student who, at 19, had to endure intense chemotherapy because he had testicular cancer. While he had an orchiectomy, and his chemo should have knocked out the rest of the cancer, he still has to live with this for the rest of his life. I walked for them.
I could certainly write more about that experience, and how proud I am of those who attended, walking the track behind our school with other teams, but after this event, and seeing a bumper sticker on a car driving home from dinner tonight ("Bark for the Cure"), I had an idea: what if writers could come together and create an anthology of short pieces (either poetry or short fiction) that we could then sell, with all the proceeds going to cancer research. Why not use our creative talents to help such a deserving cause?
I would gladly put together the publication, and use CreateSpace as the means to get this out there (or another option, if someone else had a better way to do this). It wouldn't require a great deal of time, I think, to write something short but poignant, focusing on any of the myriad of themes this topic could generate. Certainly, people could write about being a caregiver, being a cancer survivor, dealing with cancer in themselves or a loved one, or even just an story of inspiration.
Mind you, this is just the raw idea. I would love some feedback or input. I will do my best to promote this, but I hope that anyone who reads this could repost, share, or retweet this to other writers who might be interested.
Think about how a kind word or a heartfelt expression of love helped you when you were in need of comfort. I think stories of inspiration, love, compassion, and camaraderie could do the same.
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested or have any ideas on how to make this happen.
Together, we can find a cure for cancer.