The ‘C’ Word or the ‘F’ word – which is worse? Being told to fuck off, or that you have cancer? Let’s combine the two nasty words together to make a statement.
Too many people I know have been, or are being diagnosed with cancer. My dear mom and a good friend died from having it, a close cousin and one of my best friends survived having it – but I swear it’s time to say FUCK IT! It feels good to say that.
Well at least it gets the message across. Another way is by using Social Media – Facebook vs. Cancer
From Vancouver Magazine:
We asked our community and pulled a list of the most messed-up things people have said or done that they thought were being helpful. Just about everyone has told someone that they have breast cancer/brain cancer/whatever and that person says to them “Oh yeah, I had an aunt/uncle/spouse/dog who had that. They died.” It’s terrible, but people are really just trying to connect. That’s Yael Cohen, 26, founder of a campaign that raises awareness (and eyebrows for its blunt name).
“Fuck cancer is something you hear on oncology wards, in hospitals – it’s the sentiment you hear from patients and caregivers,” says the Vancouver native. When her mom was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009, Cohen made her an expletive-blazoned T-shirt to articulate her grief and anger. Response was massive. “It was visceral, emotional. People wanted so badly to talk about it, to hear her story and tell theirs or hug her or high-five her.” It spawned a movement (Letsfcancer.com) pushing early detection (90 percent of cancers are treatable in Stage 1) and community involvement (“The support group is archaic; nobody wants to wait until 7 p.m. on a Wednesday to go to a church basement, so we’ve looked at technology – whether it’s Facebook or Twitter or a parking app or a sex app – to alter that code to benefit people”). The wired generation is Cohen’s primary target, and they’re listening – the group’s Cancer Talk video had 55 million views in its first week, and celebrity endorsements come from KeSha and Perez Hilton.
Next up; sharing the model: heart disease, poverty, who knows? “We need to be the meta-leader who has an idea and gives it away to the community. Giving it away is often the most powerful thing you can do. Our generation gets that.”
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Every kid thinks they know more than their parents, but for the first time in history, this might just be true. Because of the exponential growth in technology that has occured in our lifetime, Gen Y (Millennial Generation – birth years from the early 1980s to the early 2000s) teaches their parents more than any generation ever has. We teach them about social media, how to use their blackberries, and how to balance their diets.
SO WHY DON’T WE teach them something that can actually save their lives? Visit website to find out more: