Heads up! The 2008 Presidential candidates (well, some of them anyway) will be in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Monday and Tuesday for a discussion of the challenges facing the cancer community: the shrinking budget of the National Cancer Institute, how to reduce annual cancer deaths (600,000), and how to reduce annual cancer diagnoses (1.3 million). No fewer than eight of the current presidential candidates have either survived cancer or had it strike a close friend or relative. That raises hopes in the cancer community that disease prevention could be a priority for the next chief executive. The forums are sponsored by the Lance Armstrong Foundation, and will be moderated by Lance himself and journalist/broadcaster Chris Matthews. The two-hour discussions will be aired live on MSNBC, starting at 11:00 AM both days.
Confirmed attendees (listed alphabetically):
- Senator Sam Brownback
- Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton
- Senator John Edwards
- Governor Mike Huckabee
- Governor Bill Richardson
- Governor Tommy Thompson
Inspired by a little-known picture book from the pen of Bethany Tudor, this is a diary, of sorts, where I document some of my thoughts, activities, and ideas as I explore the challenges met by the characters in the story: hard work, the care and nurture of others, housekeeping skills, life changes, charity, community, and cooperation, among others. Like Samuel and Samantha, the ducks in the tale, I struggle and succeed, cope and celebrate, work and play, handling the tasks that come my way. I invite you to join me on my journey.