|I'm certainly not taking away |
from the meaning this may have
for someone. I'm just asking..
what does this mean?
I think the biggest question in my mind is.....does it help? How does my contribution get spent? Are the scientists that get this money making progress? What portion of my contribution actually goes to the cause and how much is going to paying someones wage as they raise for more money? There is no doubt that money raising is a business. A big one. To be able to fuel this economy, we need the diseases. So what would happen if we actually found a cure for cancer? There'd be a lot of people out of work.
|This is almost exactly what one must be. For|
all the super walks and rides, it is almost
a pre-requisite for a successful fundraiser.
I have since taken up the cause for prevention education. I speak as a volunteer for "the cause" and do my best to pass along important information on how to make a change by changing behaviour. In addition, I started to read research and books on other causes of cancer (besides the usual smoking and drinking) that related to big business and the environment. I got critical.
|What does it mean to wear this?|
It is awareness? Do I have
a responsibility to health? Is
it a fashion statement? Conversely,
how many people will be angered by
even reading this post? Does the sheer
challenge of it, make us mad?
At any rate, I was kinda disturbed by the lack of awareness in the grocery store. Instead of just a box with pins in it, I would love to see a booth with educational prompts (and the opportunity to donate to get a pin). Perhaps hold an annual health promotion conference for the public with a minimum donation to enter (donated to finding a cure for.....)? Why the same old walks, runs, and rides? Why do we have a ride that lasts for three days without adequate information on training? Why do we have "The Walk to End..." without a focus on how to do it without hurting yourself? Why are we influencing people to put their bodies under severe (albeit short term) stress to raise money for the cure? Not only that, why are we turning people away from participating when they can't promise they will be able to raise X number of dollars? It's a big business.
But some would just say I'm cranky...and don't want to be a team player.