”We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness….” –The Declaration of Independence
Although I might want to edit Thomas Jefferson’s words to say “…all men and women and children are created equal,” it seems like we all can unify around the rights of “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. ”
Each and everyone of you in the Fight Colorectal Cancer community are striving every day to uphold every person’s ability to live fully no matter where you are on cancer’s journey, to regain liberty from worry or pain or illness, and to pursue happiness.
We salute you all–whether you’re sitting in 90-degree heat on a roadside determined to enjoy the parade despite side effects from chemo; whether you’re surrounded by friends and family at a boisterous picnic, or you’re quietly observing the holiday by nursing someone in a hushed hospital room; or whether you don’t know what comes next but that you find joy, in this moment, by hugging a child tight and gazing up with awe at the fleeting beauty of fireworks in the sky.
And especially we salute–and thank from the bottom of our hearts–all those men and women serving in the military across the world to protect our freedoms and our Rights.
The Declaration of Independence ends with a phrase that, I think, sums up the spirit of this amazing Fight Colorectal Cancer community:
“….We mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”