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The C Word – Courage, Creativity…and Cure by Todd Jackson

April 29, 2013

You can’t always control what happens to you, but you can control how you react.

When I mention “the C word” (particularly on a cancer website), a natural reaction is to think of pain and suffering…hopelessness and despair. Words are powerful. They can become so loaded with latent meaning as to almost become oppressive. I can think of few more tyrannical words in use today than “Cancer.”

Cancer can be a curse (another “c word”), but only if you choose to accept that fate.

When I think of cancer, I prefer to think of wisdom and inspiration…courage and creativity. “Courage” and “Creativity.” These are my “C words” of choice when I think about cancer.

I am constantly inspired by people who have been diagnosed with cancer or have loved ones who are living with the disease. In fact, I am honored to be part of a group – the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) VICC Ambassadors – who embody “Courage” and “Creativity” when faced with cancer in their lives.

I encourage you to read more about our group by perusing our redesigned website. Start with reading the VICC Ambassadors profiles under “Who We Are.” I think you will be inspired by the “Courage” and resilience of my fellow VICC Ambassadors. What an amazing group of volunteers dedicated to making a difference!

Then I recommend you read about the young cancer researchers at Vanderbilt the VICC Ambassadors have funded – seven Discovery Grants over the last three years for a total of $230,000 – to see “Creativity” in action by these super-talented pioneers. We are so honored and proud to support the research efforts of these out-of-the-box thinkers and their bold, audacious ideas that may lead to a discovery to better diagnose and treat cancer…or, dare I say it, lead to a “Cure.”

There it is. The elephant in the room. The ultimate “C word” is “Cure.” What an aspirational and bold goal that will require continued courage and creativity to achieve!

The Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center VICC Ambassadors are committed to finding a cure for cancer. I hope you will join us in the journey by supporting our effort.

Thank you for visiting our site. Please leave a comment and be sure to check back for updates. We intend for this site to serve as a hub of our group’s activities.

Todd Jackson

Todd Jackson

Be well,

Todd Jackson

Co-Chair, VICC VICC Ambassadors




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