Hammer Down Cancer

Did you know that Purdue has found possible paths to curing cancer?  However, some potentially life saving ideas can not be pursued due to funding.  While researchers are able to obtain grants to research, there may not be funding to push these discoveries to trial.  For one particular discovery at Purdue, it took nearly 20 years for it to finally make it to trial. 20 YEARS.

I didn’t know this either until a few weeks ago when I listened to a woman from the Purdue University Center for Cancer Research speak about donating.  Coincidentally, my grandmother found out that a mass on her kidney was malignant just three days after this.  All of us have likely been touched by cancer in some way And it’s likely that it will affect us in one way or another again in the future.

In honor of Hammer Down Cancer Week here at Purdue, I wanted to share this info with you.  What a great cause to donate to!  I will be wearing my pink to the football game Saturday!  Boiler up and Hammer Down Cancer!Image


These pictures were taken at the cemetery on Monday. I found some happiness hidden between the headstones.

Do you ever have one of those moments where you sit back and think “How did I get here?”  It’s crazy to think about how you got the places you have been.  But I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason.  I think my reason for everything happening in my life is for the purpose of finding true pure happiness.   For example, I grew up in the country where we didn’t always rely on tvs or computers to entertain us.  It really taught me how to enjoy the simple things in life.  I also think about how grateful I am in my current job as a career services consultant because I have been an unfulfilling career before, and traveled a long road to find a career that makes me happy.

But it’s odd to think about how tragedies can bring you happiness, too.  For example, I never knew how precious life is until I endured an extreme amount of pain and illness.  I try to live each day to the fullest because I feel lucky to be living everyday.  This has recently been reiterated by the tragic passing of my uncle in a motorcycle accident just 5 weeks ago.  As tragic as it was and as much as I have struggled with this loss, I still find solace in the fact that possibly 4 people got to spend one more day with their family because of the organs my uncle donated.  Plus, he left a miracle for two people who were once blind to see again thanks to the donations of his corneas… It really gives me chills to think about it.

Sometimes it’s hard to find something positive out of tragedy or even anything we do;  it’s one of life’s challenges.  So my challenge for you is to find one thing today that you or someone did for you that made you happy and take some time to cherish it.   After all, we will never get to live today again.