Friday Frontline: Cancer Updates, Research and Education on September 6, 2019

September 6, 2019
Katie Kosko

From patients and survivors taking on Washington to the MLB going gold, here’s what is making headlines in the cancer space this week.

“I think my work is what saved me” during cancer treatment, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Tuesday during an event. Ginsburg spoke as part of a lecture series hosted by the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton School of Public Service in North Little Rock, Arkansas.

The 86-year-old told the audience, “I think my work is what saved me because instead of dwelling on my physical discomforts, if I have an opinion to write or a brief to read, I know I've just got to get it done so I have to get over it.”

Ginsburg was nominated to the Supreme Court in 1993 by former president Bill Clinton. She has fought colorectal and pancreatic cancer, most recently completing radiation treatment for a tumor on her pancreas. Late last year she had cancerous growths from her lungs.

Hundreds of patients, survivors, volunteers and the American Cancer Society (ACS) staff will march on Washington, DC, to make cancer a top priority. The annual ACS Cancer Action Network Leadership Summit and Lobby Day will start Sunday, Sept. 8 and end Wednesday, Sept. 11.

Advocates plan to ask Congress to take steps to make cancer a national issue to one day end the disease. They will be pushing for more federal funding for research.

Thousands of people will take to the streets of New York City this weekend for a Race for the Cure. The annual event hosted by Susan G. Komen kicks off at 9 a.m. on Sunday. Last year’s race saw more than 12,000 people, including 1,000 breast cancer survivors.

The money raised goes to funding national research, as well as life-saving services, such as mammograms, meals and transportation to and from appointments.

“Together, we race so one day they won't have to,” stated the race’s website. “Together, we are creating more survivors.”

Major League Baseball is going gold for childhood cancer awareness. During tomorrow’s games, fans will see players, coaches, umpires and grounds crew members wearing gold ribbon decals on their jerseys, as well as gold wristbands.

The games will be packed with honorary guests, such as an 8-year-old from Lake Worth, Florida, who is battling leukemia and will join Marlins players on the field Saturday. Money raised from raffles will be donated to local charities.

Although September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month, Sept. 7 marks Childhood Cancer Awareness Day.

Calling all cancer survivors to the catwalk! Pink Warrior Angels of Texas is searching for cancer survivors to walk in the first-ever Runway of Hope. Survivors of all ages are welcome.

The event is a way to pamper and empower all cancer survivors, said Pink Warrior Angels founder Julie Moser, who is a breast cancer survivor. She participated in the New York Fashion Week runway show for cancer survivors and decided to bring the idea to Texas.

Runway of Hope takes place Oct. 18 at 6:30 p.m. There will be dinner, entertainment and auctions.

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