I’ve always been a bit unsure about cancer, a bit ambivalent. I wasn’t too sure where to stand – did I want it curing or was I happy for it to keep going along as it has for all these years? I didn’t know all the facts, wasn’t sure of all the information – how could I be sure that my decision was the right one?
There’ve been loads of conflicting reports about cancer in the media recently and I found that many of my friends had totally opposing views on the subject, I felt lost and unsure about what to think. Then I saw this advert and, let me tell you, it changed my mind in a flash. Loads of celebrities, standing up in a poignant way? That gets my vote anyday.
First off, these aren’t rubbish celebrities – these are movie stars; big, important movie stars whose medical opinions I value highly. When I saw that both Morgan Freeman and Keanu Reeves opposed cancer my first thought was ‘wow, that’s left me in no doubt about the badness of cancer’ (actually my first thought was ‘oh awesome, they’ve made Chain Reaction 2’ but my second thought was totally about cancer).
The way these people stand up – symbolically and literally – to demonstrate that they don’t like cancer, well… it moved me to tears.
It also moved me to act; I am no longer an uninformed cancer-debater. Now I am an opposor of cancer who will be watching the E! Entertainment Celebrity Anti-Cancer Special. Who says TV doesn’t reach out and touch people anymore?
I thought about living a slightly healthier life, or maybe cutting down my vices and making a donation to a cancer support charity – but then I decided against it. Did Elijah Wood tell me to make a donation or do something practical with my time? No, he told me to take a symbolic and utterly useless stand against a disease which is one of the worlds biggest killers.
And stand against it I do. Thank you, celebrities, thank you for showing me the way and bringing your vital and previously unheard opinions about cancer to my attention. Standing up to this desease will no doubt save millions of lives and raise hundreds of billions of dollars for research.
Keanu, Morgan, Elijah, Tilda, Christina… you’re all angels of life. May your saintliness be heard the world over and may your actions heal the planet. God bless.