Don’t forget this donation

This space may seem like a broken record when it comes to asking readers to make charitable donations during this holiday season.

But, another entity that needs your continued support is the American Cancer Society. Like most other folks, we’ve lost friends and family (including our son last year) to a scourge that seemingly has been with mankind since the beginning. Cancer plays no favorites, all of us are affected by it daily.

Last week we learned that a high school classmate is now in hospice care in Oregon, thanks to cancer. It is tempting to be mad or sad, but neither of those emotions addresses the problem.

In 2015, then-Vice President Joe Biden called for a “moonshot” — an all-out effort by the federal government to commit to finding cures for all types of cancer within a decade. The “moonshot” designation was Biden’s way of comparing the cancer push to John F. Kennedy’s call in 1961 to put a man on the moon within a decade. On July 20, 1969, the lunar module “Eagle” landed on the Moon with astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin aboard.

Armstrong was the first man to set foot on the lunar surface and proclaimed, “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

With the change in administrations, there has not been much reference to Biden’s moonshot. But, there are researchers working daily to find cures and a donation to the cancer society will not only aid that effort, it will also help those who are currently fighting the disease.

You can send a check to:

American Cancer Society

Maui, Molokai, Lanai Unit

P.O Box 30560

Honolulu, HI 96820-0560

All of us need to do our part in the moonshot effort to beat cancer. That success, when it comes, will indeed by a giant leap for mankind.

* Editorials reflect the opinion of the publisher.

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