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Day 0: What if we organise a solidarity challenge?

Posted by admin On Diciembre - 1 - 2009

By J.L.

What is wrong with cancer? Why is it so hard to find a cure?
Either directly or indirectly, cancer has affected almost everyone I know causing them pain and loss. Cancer is a disease that does not differentiate between rich and poor. It receives less attention than other more recent diseases even though it takes more lives. It never gets a front page and it seems like famous artists are no longer interested in organising huge concerts to defeat it. It is as if its universal nature has made us resign. Practically, the only way to fight it is amputating or bombarding the organism with substances that sometimes attack the cancer and the rest of your body.
I have known so much suffering up-close due to cancer that I have always wanted to do something about it. But what? I am sure that curing it is a mater of money. I also know that we are capable of the best if we have a purpose that inspires us. I have seen videos of people achieving things that seemed impossible and they weren’t after all. Seeing them convinces me that impossible things are impossible only because we expect them to happen by themselves. To achieve what seems impossible we must abandon the traditional road and take on brave actionsthat can inspire others.

The words from Steve Job´s speech (creator of apple) “remembering that you are going to die is the best way of not falling into the trap of thinking you have something to lose, you are already naked, there is no reason not to follow your heart”, rattle us and leave us without excuses. For me, an inspiring reason is helping defeat cancer.  There are no excuses. This proposal was what finally made me decide to start a project that had been floating around my head for many years. That is exactly what my friend Iván and I talked about on a train trip from Alicante back to Castellón on February 2009: Why not make a long distance trip through Europe in tandem and use it to attract attention and collect money for the fight against cancer? Why not? The next day we started working without excuses to give shape to the project and obtain the necessary supports. Once these were achieved, nine months later we are in perfect physical condition to face the challenge we will begin in June 2010. Want to join us?

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