Approximately one in every three women and one in two men will be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetimes and almost 8 million people worldwide die from the disease each year.
Today, February 4, 2014 is World Cancer Day. People all over the world are honoring those who have battled cancer and fighting for a cure, and National Agents Alliance is joining them. Many people have been affected in some way by the disease and want to help – but how? There are many ways that you can provide hope to people around the world who have been affected by cancer; we’ve created a list of simple things that our agents, staff, family, and friends can do to stand up to cancer and fight for a cure.
- Start with your social media platforms. Chevrolet has a campaign called “purple your profile.” They will donate $1 to the American Cancer Society for every Facebook and Twitter profile picture that’s turned purple on World Cancer Day, up to $1 million. It’s a simple way to show your support and tell your family and friends about the cause. You can learn more about this at www.purpleyourprofile.com. Even after World Cancer Day, you can continue to advocate for cancer patients through these platforms.
- Find a way to support the local community. You can do something as simple as donating to an organization that helps cancer patients and works to find a cure, or you can get creative. Have a bake sale, a walk-a-thon, a read-a-thon, cake walk, car wash, or any other kind of fundraiser to help support the cause. If you have some free time, you can also volunteer at a local organization or hospital.
- Educate yourself and others. You don’t have to be a smoker to get lung cancer or a woman to get breast cancer. World Cancer Day isn’t just about helping those who have already been diagnosed; it’s also about spreading awareness to prevent people in the future from getting cancer. Talk with your doctor about your health and get cancer screenings regularly. Encourage others not to delay screenings as well. Educating yourself and others can save lives and help others understand that cancer can be beat.
- Show your support for the ones you love. The battle against cancer can be won, but it’s more difficult to do alone. If you know someone who has been diagnosed, show your support, even if you just send a card. Anything you can do for them will be appreciated.
Many people associated with National Agents Alliance have been impacted by cancer, including Jane Albright, the wife of Alliance CEO Andy Albright. She has been cancer free for many years. Joe Burt, a well-respected NAA life insurance agent shared with us his battle against cancer. You can see his story in the video below.