HOW DOES A COMMUNITY SURVIVE?

By Doug Silverstein, President, Champions Against Cancer Yet another friend and neighbor in Howard County has passed away after a long battle with cancer.  I felt privileged to know him. As I reflect on the devastating loss, I realize that cancer is not about one person, but really about the community in which we live and where we share our hopes, dreams, and laughs. Champions Against Cancer was formed in honor and memory of John Champion, who lost a 10-month battle with lymphoma. John inspired us to come together to help our community. Perhaps you have been motivated by someone else to help a friend, donate your time, or simply share a story. We in Howard County have watched many family members, friends, colleagues, and acquaintances face the scourge of cancer. We’ve watched as cancer ravaged their bodies, and at times, their souls. Moreover, cancer left a scar among those in our community who cared for and loved them. These battles can make cancer seem unrelenting and unbeatable. At other times, it can feel even worse. Cancer can leave one with the feeling of inevitable doom. Indeed, given the daunting statistics of cancer rates, one cannot escape the impression that down the next alley is the enemy against which we have a paucity of defense options. Amidst those times of despondency, we can and must find solace. Cancer victims fight cancer with dynamism, elegance, and benevolence. They can inspire us to reach within ourselves and find our inner compassion. Indeed, while cancer shines a light on the patient, it often shines a brighter light on the caretaker. I watched...