Standing Up To Cancer - Our Story

Those of you who follow this blog are used to seeing stories about mixers and producers. Or perhaps you monitor the site for the latest product news.

But this isn't about that. This is about something that affects us all in some way.

In 2007, my wife was diagnosed with a stage 3 cancer. It had gone undetected for years until a very skillful diagnostician gave up an afternoon to investigate something suspicious. The year that followed was brutal, involving everything the doctors could throw at it: chemotherapy, surgery and radiation. Throughout the process, we met some of the most wonderful people--doctors, nurses, therapists, and of course other patients and their families. 

At the end of that year, there was reason to be optimistic. Aggressive and timely treatment had removed any trace of the cancer. Now, seven years later, we're still optimistic! There's still no trace of the cancer, but we'll be watchful forever. I'm sure not everyone was as fortunate as we were. As you should be able to see from this little essay, I'm no fan of cancer.

There's no one who hasn't been affected by this group of illnesses. You've had a family member who's been ill or had a close scare. You may have endured it yourself or you may be concerned about a discoloration or a lump. We've all been in this fight long enough to know that it's won battle-by-battle, person-by-person. There won't be a magical cure, but we're getting better at fighting all the time.

In the USA and Canada, the entertainment industry has gotten squarely behind an organization called Stand Up to Cancer. This is an umbrella organization staffed by volunteers, and it channels every penny of your donation to carefully-selected research organizations.  On September 5, they will host a fundraising telethon, multicast on many networks, and featuring performers like Jennifer Hudson, Dave Matthews, Ariana Grande and even The Who. I've already made my donation and I hope you'll tune in and consider giving what you're able. There's a very good chance you'll be helping someone you love.

If you're in another part of the world, please investigate your local options. Not all organizations are equally worthy, but you should be able to find ratings agencies that can tell you how effective the charities are in getting money to the researchers that need it.

Thanks very much for your attention. Best wishes for your health and the health of those you love.

Michael Carnes