Patrick Swayze has been battling pancreatic cancer for over a year now. And since going public with his struggle, Patrick now feels the need to let others know they’re not alone, but also to address the government’s role in how health care in changing with the new administration.
Patrick wrote an editorial on Washington Post this Sunday, asking Congress to help him and the other Americans battling cancer. Here’s an excerpt:
“For me, fighting cancer is personal. Ever since I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in January 2008, I’ve been waging an intense, often hellacious battle. It’s me (with a lot of love and medical support) against my disease.”
“But I’m not alone. More than 1.4 million Americans will be diagnosed with cancer this year. In the United States, one out of three women and one out of two men will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes. Look around you; at one point or another, cancer will strike very close to home for everyone.”
“Our individual battles should also be national ones. With Congress about to decide how much money to include for medical research as part of the economic stimulus package, the time has come to take my personal fight to a larger stage.”
“My message to our senators and representatives is simple: Vote for the maximum funding to let the National Institutes of Health fight cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. It’s not only good for our nation’s health; it’s also good for our economic well-being. Medical research supports jobs and infrastructure. By advancing good health, it also enables Americans to reach their individual potential and contribute more to society.”
“So here’s my plea to Congress: Stand up to cancer. Stand up for people fighting serious disease. Stand up and help restore America’s economy. Stand up and help build a prosperous and healthy future for our people by giving the NIH $10 billion for research. Stand up to create jobs, fight illness and deliver hope.”
What a great thing for Patrick Swayze to do! Sadly, sometimes it takes someone in the public eye for things to get done. It’s amazing initiative the Patrick has begun. And it’s even more of a feat that he doing this in the midst of battling his disease.
Hopefully we’ll start to see some real change when it comes to health care reform in our country.