Cancer affects everyone. It steals our loved ones and infects our children. The American Cancer Society estimates that cancer will attack 10,450 children between the ages of 0-14 and 5,330 adolescents ages 15-19 this year.
This writer has seen cancer up close and personal. Four years ago his fiancé, Jila, was diagnosed with stage 4-colon cancer. During that time she has fought valiantly undergoing three operations and biweekly doses of chemotherapy. Most people with her diagnosis live for two years. Jila’s will to live and refusal to give in has inspired family, friends, and the hard working and compassionate nurses and doctors at the City of Hope where she has been treated.
This Saturday the Pierce College community plans on helping cancer victims like Jila. They will be joining over four million people in over twenty countries raise the much-needed funds and awareness to save lives from this dreaded scourge.
Fatema Baldiwala’s Learning Skills class at Pierce College will be joining the Relay for Life event. Professor Baldiwala said, “If anyone donates $10.00 or more for my class’s walk against cancer, David Nava, a talented artist in my class, will sketch their portrait.” (See photo example.)
Baldiwala's class, Team Brahma has been touched by cancer. Team Captain, Crystal Klekel says, "At Relay for Life, our team will camp out overnight and take turns walking around the track to raise money and awareness to help the American Cancer Society create a world with less cancer and more birthdays."
Cancer sucks the life out of its victims. With the support of family, friends, and communities like Pierce College, and Professor Baldiwala’s class, lives like Jila’s will eventually face more birthdays and fewer visits to cancer research centers like the City of Hope.
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