Okay, first things first. Because I can’t count…
Please tune in tomorrow, Friday, on ABC, CBS, Fox & NBC to the live broadcast of Stand Up to Cancer at 8pm PST/EST & 7PM CT. I will be sitting in a seat amongst all those A-list celebrities wondering how I got there and wishing I could tell my father I did something for him.
But let me also tell you why I’m standing up…
It was September 11th, 2005, when I got the call.
I could feel his heavy breathing in the background and desperately wanted to cradle him, as he had done for me so many times. The conversation went on. It meant rearranging my life so I could hop on a plane right then.
I’d avoided the ingress of that moment for so long. I couldn’t escape it anymore. Instead of thinking about how much closer he was getting to the end, I devoted myself to tackling a lengthy personal battle of my own. It almost overshadowed my sense impending loss, but the grim reaper had decided that Massachusetts would be the venue for this double overtime period over my father’s final score.
I have a hard time keeping track of the exact year of he departed because pain seems to bind moments together. Losing three people in three years to the Coward “C” feels like a ticking clock inside my head that struck twelve and has yet to move.
In just six days, it will have been seven years. He died at 2:43am. And I watched him go. Helpless.
As you can see, I’m growing my beard out in honor of my bearded pops. He got very Walt Whitman-ish towards the end.
So, here’s the part where I implore you to do something alongside me. I need you as my comrade arms. There’s a semi-silent genocide happening on our planet. Our enemy in this is a disease.
In a partnership with StandUpToCancer, we’ve decided to suit up and help out.
Losing a loved one to a prolonged battle like cancer is a unique leeching process. First, any youthfulness is stripped. Then, energy. Followed by making future plans. And ultimately, hope is stolen…
Let’s stop this maligned dictator in its tracks:
1. Watch tomorrow night and spread the word.
2. Go to their site and help however you can: CLICK HERE
3. Tweet, Facebook and every other techie thing you can for this charity. It gives 100% of its funds to charity. Use the hashtag #IStandUpFor.
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