My daughter sent me an email:
The good news is that if we grew thinner, exercised regularly, avoided diets rich in red meat and ate diets rich in fruits and vegetables, and stopped using tobacco, we could prevent 70 percent of all cancers.
That's why I have chosen to fight back by participating in the American Cancer Society Relay For Life® at my school. I'll be raising money to help the Society educate the public about ways to reduce their cancer risk, continue to fund cutting-edge cancer research, and provide wonderful support programs to cancer patients and their families. And, I'm hoping you will help me by making a donation in support of my efforts. Below is a link to my personal Relay For Life® Web page where you can make a quick online contribution.
Another way to help is by joining my team. I promise an inspiring experience - but you'd have to commit to raising some money. You might even want to join the leadership committee. It would be great experience and it would make you feel good knowing you were doing something really great.
Think about it!
Okay, it was a canned email, from the Relay for Life program she's participating in again this year. But I love that the Cancer Society is focusing on prevention. And exercise is an important part of prevention, too, so I'm also glad they're encouraging students like my daughter and her friends to run and raise money at the same time.
You can donate to Daughter Number Two's Relay for Life page here. On her page she wrote a bit about how cancer has affected her. Please read it, even if you can't donate this year. Maybe there are "small steps" you can take in your own life, like quitting smoking or cutting down on red meat.
And if you can donate, thanks for helping a worthy cause.