Tunes For Tuesday With “Strength” for World Cancer Day

It’s Tunes For Tuesday but today is extra special because it’s also World Cancer Day.

Everyone has had cancer touch their lives.  Yesterday I announced that I am a new Ambassador for the LoziLu Women’s Mud Run, (a fitness event that gives a portion of its proceeds to cancer) and I found out that someone I care about is in remission from colon cancer.

Last year I shared my mug on Wendy Nielsen’s blog and talked about the 3 people I knew that were fighting cancer on my own World Cancer Day post (this year I just couldn’t get it together to submit my photo in time).  2 of the 3 people I knew that were fighting cancer in my 2013 post are now in remission but the youngest one, Danny V.,  is still fighting valiantly.  For Danny and for many more like him, I urge you to do something to debunk the 4 myths about cancer that World Cancer Day is asking people to consider.

Cancer

Image by Fuzzy Gerdes

It may sound incredibly corny but every single time I catch myself complaining in my head about how hard running is for me, I think of Danny who keeps fighting just to walk without pain and his family and friends who wish they could take the pain away from him and all who love him.  This is a scenario that happens everywhere around the world.  In whatever small way that I can, I will continue to do something to help the fight against cancer.

Where’s the music you say?  It’s coming and it’s the amazing Mike Peters of The Alarm who is a two time cancer survivor himself with the song “Strength”.   I’m a huge fan of The Alarm so it’s likely you’ve heard this anthem here on the blog before – it’s a rally cry for any kind of struggle!

Mike Peters, The Alarm, cancer

I got to meet this amazing man in 2009 and hope I’ll get to say hello when I see him in April.

Mike wrote this song before he had cancer but the words helped inspire his own fight and his own cancer fighting organization Love Hope Strength – that not only registers blood marrow donors at concerts resulting in donor-recipient matches but LHS builds cancer centers around the world.

 

On World Cancer Day, I send everyone affected by cancer strength via this live acoustic recording from 2010 – click here  because embedding was not available.

About Melissa Burton

I’m Melissa Burton, a recent transplant from Brooklyn, New York to Southern California. By profession, I’m a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator. In my actual life I’ve been a million things ...

2 Responses to Tunes For Tuesday With “Strength” for World Cancer Day

  1. FitBritt@MyOwnBalance

    Great post Melissa. My younger brother had cancer and it was really hard on everyone. Luckily we caught it really early and he is doing well now but I think this is a good reminder to be thankful for your health and your loved ones.
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    • Melissa Burton

      Thank you for reminding me about your brother. I remember you mentioned it in a post before. I’m glad he’s better and that your family has gotten the chance to heal. I imagine that you are always wary but appreciative of all you have and work hard to protect your health. Thinking of you and your family today too Brittany.

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