“What a difference a day makes.” It’s a phrase we often hear, and
like many clichés, it has some elements of truth. A single day can turn
the tide and lead to victory.
And today, the fifth annual LIVESTRONG Day, the
Lance Armstrong Foundation is asking every American to join our united
front against cancer and help make beating this disease a national
Cancer affects every person in this country. Twelve million
Americans have the disease; this year alone nearly 600,000 lives will
be lost to it, while 1.4 million of us will get the dreaded diagnosis
from our doctors. In some communities, death rates are substantially
higher than in others.
“Of all the forms of inequality,” Martin Luther King Jr. once said,
“injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.” Cancer
deaths are shamefully high among minorities and the poor because many
lack access to life-saving prevention and treatment measures.
A leading cancer specialist, Dr. Harold Freeman, says there’s a
disconnect between what we know and what we do. On many levels, we know
how to defeat cancer; we just don’t do it. Funding for cancer research.
Investment in prevention programs. Access to screening. Early detection
and effective treatment for everyone. Support for people living with
cancer. Personal commitment to healthier living. These are the
priorities we must pursue.
Through LIVESTRONG Day, the Lance Armstrong
Foundation aims to raise awareness for the fight against cancer. With
more than 600 events taking place across the country – everything from
fund raisers to educational efforts to Wear Yellow Days – May 13 will
be a day of unity, inspiration and accomplishment.
Clearly, it’s going to take more than a single day to beat this
opponent. The war against cancer must be an ongoing national effort –
one that mobilizes our country’s considerable resources. Yet funding
for the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health
has been flat in recent years. This is unacceptable, considering that
cancer is the number one killer of Americans under 85.
But increased funding is only part of the solution. Government must
streamline the laborious process of getting breakthroughs from lab to
clinic. We can cut out red tape of questionable necessity that
discourages innovation in the private sector.
Meanwhile, the private sector must work to ensure that Americans
fighting cancer have access to new treatments and therapies. Our
regulatory system should not hinder the fight against cancer, and our
profit-based health-care providers should do more to address the fact
that too few people can afford the treatments they deserve.
This nation needs a renewed, comprehensive approach to the war on
cancer. I was encouraged last week, when I testified before the Senate
Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee at Sen. Ted Kennedy’s
invitation, that new legislation may soon achieve this goal.
Last November, in my home state, Texans voted in overwhelming
numbers to make a $3 billion investment in the fight, establishing a
state-funded cancer research and prevention institute.
In our cities and states, the tide is turning. It is my hope that LIVESTRONG
Day 2008 will inspire even more policy efforts and, in this historic
presidential election year, once again make cancer a national priority.
What can you do? Ask your local, state and national lawmakers what
steps they’ll take against tobacco, the number one cause of cancer, and
how they’ll ensure that all of us – not just star athletes and
politicians – have access to prevention efforts, early screening and
effective treatment. Educate yourself and others. Support cancer
programs in your community. Live a healthy life. And vote.
Mr. Armstrong, a seven-time winner of the Tour de France, is
founder and chairman of the Lance Armstrong Foundation and a cancer
survivor. Visit www.livestrong.org.
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This next post comes from Dr. Judy Williamson at the Napolean Hill Foundation. My father gave me the book - Think and Grow Rich in my ealry teens and I am amazed at how much of it is still refelctive in my own life. Check out their web site and subscribe to the newsletter - you won't be disappointed.
In the introduction to the May, 1954 issue of Success Unlimited,
W. Clement Stone quotes Napoleon Hill as he states: “Success is getting
what you want out of life without violating the rights of others.”
goes on to add, “What you want is up to you. Not everyone cares to be
an Eisenhower or an Edison. Not all choose to pay the costly price of
becoming and remaining famous. To many the riches of life are those
tiny triumphs of day-to-day living and loving which build up to a
crescendo of the beautiful, well-spent life.”
Just what are the riches of life? Napoleon Hill defines the Twelve Riches of Life as follows:
A Positive Mental Attitude
Sound Physical Health
Harmony in Human Relationships
Freedom from Fear
The Hope of
The Capacity for Faith
Willingness to Share One’s Blessings
A Labor of Love
An Open Mind on All Subjects
The Capacity to Understand People
may be worth noticing that Dr. Hill places financial security on the
bottom of the list. In defining success he states: “Whatever success
you attain will be attained through the proper use of your mind. Your
physical, muscle power counts for nothing. Your mind power counts for everything.”
And, he adds: “Generally speaking, a man has succeeded when he has
acquired all that he needs for his physical and spiritual well-being
without having trespassed on the rights of his fellowmen.” Please note
that in today’s guest column, the author thoroughly explains why Hitler
did not achieve the ultimate success he desired. Simply stated, he
violated the rights of his fellowman, and therefore due to the Law of
Compensation he was not entitled to any reward.
summary, Stone continues, “But whether success to you means the
discovery of a new element—the breaking of a sales or production
records—the acquisition of bigger and better houses, cars or
incomes—the creation of art, music or literature for all time—the
growing of the perfect rose—or the loving smile from your cherished
child—we believe that your success can be unlimited.”
take a few minutes right now to reflect on you personalized definition
of success? In a few short, descriptive sentences like W. Clement Stone
did in the above paragraph, describe what success means to you in all
the intricate detail. See if your definition matches up with what you
have in your life right now. If not, why not? Thinking can make it so.
Thoughts are things. Put thoughts to your best use in making success
happen in your life the exact way you envision it.
Judy Williamson, Director: Napoleon Hill World Learning Center at Purdue University Calumet