A Day of Focus on the Global Fight against Cancer
We Can, I Can—the theme of World Cancer Day on February 4, 2017 says it all. Individually, we fight cancer through preventative health, cancer treatments, and survivorship methodologies. Together, we fight cancer through fundraising for research and support services, advocating for treatment and educating for prevention and awareness.
We Can, I Can—a powerful phrase that commands our attention collectively and individually at a time when cancer rates worldwide are at an all-time high.
World Cancer Day is sponsored by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), whose call to action along with the World Health Organization is to reduce cancer deaths by 25% by 2025. This year 8 million people will die from cancer and if left unchecked, that number will rise to 13.2 million by 2030. UICC brings together 950 organizations from over 150 countries to unite the global healthcare community to reduce cancer.
The John Wayne Cancer Foundation supports UICC through participation in World Cancer Day. Furthermore, we participated in the UICC’s 2016 World Cancer Congress by funding 6 John Wayne Alumni Fellows to give 7 presentations on their latest research and patient findings. We also learned how research conducted by John Wayne surgical oncologists can benefit the global cancer community.
JWCF’s plans for February 4th, World Cancer Day, include a rigorous social media campaign across all our channels. Our Team John Wayne constitutes will promote World Cancer Day at the Surf City marathon in Huntington Beach, CA. Look for these runners with #WeCanICan on the JWCF social media platforms.
We Can, I Can, let’s all join together individually and collectively to fight cancer. Join in today, join John Wayne’s fight against cancer at johnwayne.org/joinjohnwayne
Catherine A. Brown
President, John Wayne Cancer Foundation