Stephen's swimming against cancer
This is my second year in a row swimming for the Chicago Swim Across America event to raise money and awareness for cancer research. Story remains the same - another dear friend was diagnosed with cancer or another who lost her spouse to cancer...
Cancer has always provoked fear in me. "You have cancer". I have been a witness to the pain and anguish that word can cause people both professionally from my early days as medical student at Rush caring for a single mother dying from breast cancer to the strength and resiliency of a young child getting treatment for leukemia as a pediatrician. And personally, as friends and family have had to receive treatment for colorectal cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer and lymphoma.
What has given me hope in the face of this fear has been the enormous gains medicine has made in the treatment of all types of cancer. Each year it seems that more and more people can face this fear with strength and confidence because of the hard work of cancer researchers. This year I will join Swim Across America in Chicago to swim with family and friends to raise money for cancer research and treatment for my medical school - Rush University. I hope you will please join me by making a gift to this great cause and celebrate facing the fear with love and hope for a better tomorrow for everyone.