I am sick of breast cancer. I’m sick of pink ribbons, facebook games and poignant spam filling up my email inbox.
Last week some NFL players wore PINK SHOES while they were playing football. Others had pink towels tucked in their pants.
And that helps people with cancer how?
I’m sick of people assuming that I had breast cancer when they learn I’m a survivor.
I know that breast cancer is bad. But get this–all cancer is bad.
Did you see 60 Minutes last week? If you didn’t, go to CBS.com and watch the segment on Bill and Melinda Gates. These people aren’t running around wearing pink shoes and matching ribbons–they are spending BILLIONS to cure malaria and HIV and to improve schools.
They’re spreading their money all over the world because they know that along with a lot of luxuries, $60 billion can buy a lot of time for thousands of people.
They’re not doing it from a distance either. Melinda Gates is on the ground, making sure that the people she wants to help are actually getting the care she’s paying for.
OK. I know a couple of you are out there cynically rolling your eyes and muttering “photo op” under your breath. But I really don’t think that’s the case here. Bill Gates is the classic nerd who struck gold. Melinda was the lucky Microsoft employee who caught his eye.
They’re not fame whores and they didn’t inheirit this fortune. But they are determined to give it away.
So here’s the deal. Don’t just put on a pink ribbon or post something cutsey on facebook. Do something that actually helps someone. It doesn’t even have to cost any money.
Give somebody a ride.
Cook a meal.
Say a prayer.