ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Health»
  • Diseases, Disorders & Conditions»
  • Cancer

Fighting Cancer, How to Get Out and Involved By Using Your Body- Shave Your Head, Walk for Life, or Grow a Mustache

Updated on June 19, 2013

America's Bravest

It has been a privilege to be included as one of America's bravest, joining the fight against cancer.
It has been a privilege to be included as one of America's bravest, joining the fight against cancer.

Committing and Getting Involved is the First Step

During the past few years, I have personally seen cancer come closer and closer to home. It seemed that a disease that only affected a few people decades ago now appeared rampant. Each of you reading this will probably know someone close that has been affected by this disease. This past year I have seen and experience both stories of triumph and sadness. Some lost the battle, but countless others continue to fight and beat this monster called cancer.

Although cancer still has an upper hand, technological advances in medicine have helped humankind fight back. More importantly, hope and faith have proven to be powerful tools. One can hope and stay positive, supporting each other to beat cancer. One can also have faith in God. Somehow and in some way, he has a plan for each of us, and shines a bright light in this darkest hour.

Working as a firefighter, it has been a privilege to help lead the fight against cancer. Time and time again, my heart breaks to hear the endearing stories of survival when I meet people affected by cancer at these events. Personally, I would rather attend a function celebrating the cure for cancer rather than these charities. Unfortunately, we as humankind are not there yet. In the interim, I am content to sacrifice my body to raise money to fight against cancer, and rejoice in the success of those who have beat this disease. There are many organizations, charities, and fundraisers that have committed to fighting cancer. It is up to you to get up, search these out, and get involved. If you live locally in the Southern California region, please attend these events described below.

Shaving It Off to Fight Childhood Cancer

Barbers have a little fun with my hair at this great event.
Barbers have a little fun with my hair at this great event.

Shavees Proudly Show Their Bald Heads

After getting their heads shaved, two of the firefighters smile and show off their new bald look.
After getting their heads shaved, two of the firefighters smile and show off their new bald look.

St. Baldrick's Foundation

"The St. Baldrick's Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives." 1

Every March for the past ten years, Matt Denny's Alehouse in Arcadia has organized this event. It has quickly become the largest fundraiser for the St. Baldrick's Foundation in the San Gabriel Valley. This past year, 2012, the fundraising goal was set at $30,000, but with the help of different organizations and the community the event raised over $60,000.

The Arcadia Firefighters' Association has been involved the past few years in this event. In partnership with the city of Hope, a fire engine is taken to the hospital to pick up a few of the children fighting cancer. We give them a ride of their life, showing them our equipment, and bringing them to the event in style. These kids start off the event by shaving the heads of different participants.

This event is an easy and fun way to help with the fight against childhood cancer. Giving up some hair is a small price to pay in comparison to the brave little children battling against all odds. At the end, everyone around the event is shaven bald in hopes that these children do not feel alone. With cancer being the number one disease killer of children in the United States and Canada1, it is that much more important that you get involved.

1. "St. Baldrick's | Help Kids with Cancer | Cure Childhood Cancer." St. Baldrick's | Help Kids with Cancer | Cure Childhood Cancer. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 June 2012. <http://www.stbaldricks.org/>.

The Firefighter's Camp

Firefighters sell bracelets to raise money for the Relay for Life and remember their very own who have lost their life or still fighting the fight.
Firefighters sell bracelets to raise money for the Relay for Life and remember their very own who have lost their life or still fighting the fight.

Celebrating Those Still Fighting and Surviving

A ceremony celebrates and honor those who have fought the battle and survived.
A ceremony celebrates and honor those who have fought the battle and survived.

Relay for Life Arcadia

"Relay For Life is a life-changing event that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease.

At Relay, teams of people camp out at a local high school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Because cancer never sleeps, Relays are overnight events up to 24 hours in length. Relayers do not have to walk all night, but each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event." 1

Community organizations, support groups, families walking for their loved ones, and informational centers gather at the Santa Anita Racetrack in Arcadia every June to participate in the Relay for Life. The event is sponsored by the American Cancer Society and brings in hundreds of people. This year has seen over $75000 raised to help fund the fight against cancer.

The event begins on a Saturday morning at 11 a.m. in June and ends the following day at the same time. Each team that is organized assigns individuals in their group to walk certain time frames within that 24 hour period. The hope is that people from different backgrounds come and walk together to fight against cancer. In the morning, local firefighters come and cook pancakes for the participants. Throughout the event, powerful ceremonies look to honor those who have lost their lives, convict those living to fight back against cancer by changing something in their own lives, and celebrate many who have survived the fight. It is a great way to exercise by sacrificing your body, and walking around the track to join the fight against cancer.

1. "Learn About Relay." Relay For Life. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 June 2012. <http://www.relayforlife.org/learn/index?__utma=1.157517791.1334767967.1339173483.1340555648.5>.

Let the Growing Begin

This was the best I could do for the Movember fundraiser.
This was the best I could do for the Movember fundraiser.

To the Gala We Go

A few of the firefighters participating in Movember are on their way to the gala to celebrate another successful year.
A few of the firefighters participating in Movember are on their way to the gala to celebrate another successful year.

Movember

"During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces, in the US and around the world. With their Mo’s, these men raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men." 1

Every November, our firefighters' association along with men across the world with the support of our women grow mustaches and raise funds to fight against men's related cancer. In partnership with the Prostate Cancer Foundation and LIVESTRONG, Movember raises money to help fund research to find a cure for men's related cancer.

Prior to the start of November, teams are formulated and prepare for this grueling month. Each member finds donors and sponsors to support the growth of their mustache. Once the first day of November hits, all facial hair is shaven off and the growing begins! As each week progresses, pictures are posted to show the change of their facial growth. At the end of the month, all participants congregate at their local events and celebrate another successful year of facial hair growth and fundraising. Again, this is a small gesture and inconvenience in comparison to those who are battling cancer. Please help grow facial hair to fight against cancer!

1. "About Movember." Movember United States. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 June 2012. <http://us.movember.com/about/>.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Chen Suen profile image
      Author

      Chen Suen 5 years ago from Arcadia, California

      Thank you Debbie for the encouragement. I appreciate it. Cancer is definitely a horrible thing and I'm just trying to do my part in the fight.

    • Deborah Brooks profile image

      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Wow mike said you write great hubs....and wow he is right..what a great hub this is..bless you....so many of us are affected one way or another with cancer...debbie

    • Chen Suen profile image
      Author

      Chen Suen 5 years ago from Arcadia, California

      Thank you again for your feedback and all the information you have provided. I have done some research on diet and the effects it has on cancer, but reading it again reaffirms how important it is that we take care of ourselves. I'm sorry about your mother and I cannot imagine how hard that must have been. I think it puts in to perspective life and how fragile it can be. I try to do my part in any way because as hard as it gets in my life, it's much harder for those battling cancer. Thank you again for your comment.

    • CloudExplorer profile image

      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      Cont-

      My beautiful mother contracted breast cancer right after I got out of high school, and I watched her fight this thing to the very end, and there was no such information, or heath awareness around back in 2006 when she had passed away, and so I dug deep into trying to find out what caused her to get breast cancer ever since then.

      I admit though without the help of my wife, I would have never caught on to the likes of the food movement today, which has lead many people out of cancers way, and also out of the way of many other harmful diseases, that are merely caused by eating processed foods, and consuming toxic drinks such as Soda, Beers, and many other liquors, and forget about the whole drugs usage issues, and also eating overly cooked foods, starchy foods, foods that lack nutrients etc......

      I'm writing this back to you just in case if you've never heard of such things, and if you have, then you know of the various weapons we are armed with today and always have been to fight cancer, which are live organic foods of all types and pure drinking water, untainted with chemicals, mainly fresh spring water.

      I would like to thank you for your service as a fire fighter to the public, for your volunteerism, and for providing us all the love and care with this hub here, to become more aware of such charities, I just hope that many of them are also aware of such things as the food movements fight to bring real change to the world today, which is all about not just watch us all die out one by one, but is about charging face first towards the core root of our problem that turns our bodily cells cancerous in the first place. I will pray on this, and also thanks for reading my hub recently.

      You're an excellent writer, and I believe this is a start of a bright new friendship here on hubpages, I am so glad you located me.

    • CloudExplorer profile image

      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      This hub has scored with me on all levels, the fight against cancer is an enduring one that's for sure, I have began my very own person battle against cancer on hubpages by spreading cancer awareness.

      I've written all about it, and the potential cure for it that I located via a documentary known as "The Beautiful Truth", I'm not sure if you've ever heard of it, or its founder Dr. Max Gerson, but you might just wanna take a look at that documentary of Hulu, or Youtube.

      There is another movie that was recently produced by his wife and it was called the "Gerson Miracle", which goes into great detail as to the determining factors that are actually causing many people worldwide to contract the dreadful disease.

      Plus there's load of information on the web that has been made public as to what exactly can be done to make attempts at changing ones dietary plan, eating and drinking patterns to prevent from the disease from showing its ugly unforgiving face.