To the moon!

We’re sharing a blog post written by the director of the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, Dr. George Weiner. Tomorrow Dr. Weiner will be in Washington DC, as a guest of Vice President Joe Biden, to attend the Cancer Moonshot Summit. Back here in Iowa City, we will host a satellite summit that can be followed live through the HCCC Facebook page. This summit is just the start to what might be the best chance our nation has of ending cancer as we know it.

“Mo, what’s your cancer moonshot?”

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“My moonshot is for us to remove cancer from the human race and
put me out of business.”


About a year ago, I blogged about “going to the moon” as a metaphor for cancer research. More recently, the phrase “cancer moonshot” has taken on new meaning. In his state-of-the-union address, President Obama charged Vice President Biden with refocusing the nation’s effort on cancer and cancer research. To quote the President – “Vice President…

via Cancer moonshot – all systems “go” — Holden the Line on Cancer

The Line in the Sand

Very nicely put


I have heard about it before, but  now I understand it.  Before I was told that there is a line in the sand.  There is the time before and then the time after you know that a loved one has cancer.  One day you are kicking along and everything is fine and then the next day everything changes.

My mother.  Ever the pragmatist, stops at the funeral  home on the way back from the oncologist -since she was in the neighborhood.  We can rationally talk about this.  Everyone knows it will happen, but that does not change what happens when it does.   Does not change the sadness I feel.

I worry about my dad.  Fifty two years is a long time to be married and get use to someone.  And they seem happy.  How hard can it be for dad to deal with this?  Mom must be scared.

We have…

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