A lot of people are asking for money these days. There are many worthy causes and we each have to make our own decisions on how much, if any, we can help.
This weekend, the big four networks are coming together for their annual appeal to help a cause that affects everyone - cancer. The telethon, Stand Up To Cancer, airs Friday night on all the major networks. They would like your money for cancer research and they advertise that 100 percent of your donation goes toward that research.
The facts about cancer are downright scary. One in two men and one in three women will face a cancer diagnosis of some degree in their lifetime. That means all of us have a significant chance a loved one or ourselves will receive a cancer diagnosis.
Research has made possible several great medical advances aimed at battling cancer. We've made progress. But I'd like to think that one day we'll be able to say we've cured cancer or substantially mitigated its devastating effects.
I hope you watch on Friday night and I also hope you can find it in your heart and wallet to help the cause.
That's my turn. Now it's your turn. To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Emailed comments from viewers:
Cancer has been around for a long long time. Probably as long as mankind and it seems donations to cancer research has also. I've know dozens of people who have died of nasty horrible cancer over my life time including my older Brother who died at 43 and left 4 children behind, and my twin sister who died at 44 and also left 4 children behind. I hate cancer. Where has all the billions and billions of private and Government research dollars gone that has been collected over the years? I don't see any miraculous cures or earth shattering news that there is even a glimmer of real hope for cancer patients. I guess some progress has been made in some fields of cancer that aren't quite as serious as the major ones, but for my money I would much rather donate time and money to the ASPCA where I can see results.
Copyright 2012 WECT. All rights reserved.