The 2012 London Olympics have come and gone, and history has been made. The United States won a total of 104 Olympic medals, and, as an American, I couldn’t be more proud of our Olympic athletes.
But each day I walk the halls of our Cancer Center, I meet patients who are worthy of gold medals in their race to beat cancer. They are my heroes. Facing a daunting battle with grace and determination, they hurdle through endless hospital visits, tests, medicines, side effects and everything else that comes with cancer.
Most of us aren’t athletes of Olympic caliber, but we can all “go for gold” in supporting cancer research by participating in Swim Across America Baltimore. Swimmers and volunteers are signing up now to participate in the event, and donations are mounting to benefit the Swim Across America Laboratory at the Kimmel Cancer Center.
An inspiring story comes from Jason Cherish who shares his experience with colon cancer and explains why he and members of Team Bear will swim during this year’s event. As Jason says, it’s about “funding research that saves lives.” Now that’s what I call an Olympic spirit.