5 Ways To Make A Difference On World Cancer Day

Huffington Post Article by Katie Couric

It’s World Cancer Day — a moment in which we reach across borders and boundaries and unite in our shared quest to end a disease that claims the lives of nearly 8 million men, women and children every year. As somber a statistic as that is, there is cause for hope.

There is a movement to accelerate the pace of groundbreaking research that can get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives. Since its launch in 2008, the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s Stand Up To Cancer has awarded nine grants to “dream team” research projects led by renowned doctors and scientists from various institutions, and 26 grants to young investigators pursuing unconventional approaches to the diseases. These recipients comprise more than 487 scientists from 87 institutions from around the world all working towards finding new therapies for many of the more than 200 types of cancer that exist. That’s just one cancer initiative. There are many of us in this fight, and that’s what World Cancer Day is all about. We cannot achieve our goal without the grassroots support of those whose lives have been touched by cancer in some way. As we all stand up on World Cancer Day, here are some easy ways to help show your support and accelerate change…

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