Cancer Sucks. Yes It Does.

June 11th, 2009

A few days ago I wrote “Cancer Sucks.” as a sole tweet. I got a number of private responses asking if I was okay – yes, I’m okay, no cancer that I know of – but I have a number of friends and family who struggle with cancer, and it … well, it sucks.

I wish that we could just figure this one out… can you image a world where cancer wasn’t such a killer?  Can you image a world where getting a diagnosis of cancer resulted in “okay, let’s treat it” with a 99.9% chance that you would indeed get cured?

It’s scary.  Especially to a job seeker who is “in-between” health insurance policies.

I’m not going to talk about my family and friends who are struggling with cancer right now, with the exception of one friend, my video editor Bong.  His father was diagnosed with cancer and is starting treatments.  Bong is working hard, as are others in his family, to figure out how to pay for this treatment.  Bong has not asked me for more money, or for a raise, he has actually asked me for something very simple – a vote in a video contest.

Why?

The winner gets a Sony laptop.

How is that going to help Bong?  He writes:

If I win the prize (a Sony Vaio), I’m planning to sell it so I could help my mom with all the hospital bills.

How cool is that?

So please join with me and either rate or comment on Bong’s video on YouTube (it is a 50 second video, which is his idea for a commercial for a bank in the Philippines) – you either have to have a YouTube account OR YOU CAN LOGIN WITH YOUR GMAIL ACCOUNT!

Each rating or comment on this YouTube page counts as a vote.

Again, any comments or ratings on this video goes towards Bong winning the laptop.

And that laptop would help pay for his dad’s cancer treatment.

Please spare a few minute to help out Bong and his family… thank you.

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4 Responses to “Cancer Sucks. Yes It Does.”

  1. Thank you so much for all your support and help.

    The insurance policies and health care system in my country is not that great. You would really be shock to know how they treat pregnant women in our public hospitals here. Especially when they are about to give birth.

    Anyway, it was great to know that the tumor didn’t reach his bones. Still we have to keep up with his radiation therapy. The real threat now is when he reaches that moment when he feels like giving up because I was informed that a 35 day radiation therapy is physically, emotionally, and mentally exhausting. I guess, all we can do is tell him that everything will be fine. I hope so.

    I would like to give my sincerest gratitude to all the subscribers, readers, viewers, members, and followers of JibberJobber for their time and support. Most especially to a great man and friend, Jason Alba. I’m very happy and very proud to be a part of the JibberJobber Family.

    More power to everyone!

  2. BONG…
    Your dad can do it! I completed 6 months of chemo for breast cancer in January and it is all about attitude!
    You all are in my prayers.
    B

  3. Thank you so much everyone. I really appreciate all the support you have given me. Thanks for all the prayers and for clicking the link. It generated a lot of views and gathered a lot of sincere comments.

  4. Hello Everyone!

    I would just like to thank everyone who prayed and support for my father. After a 35-day radiation therapy, he finally recovered. From his PSA of 32 (Stage 2 Cancer) it dropped to 0.5. This is not just the work of medical technology, this is also a work of God heard from your prayers.

    In behalf of my family, again, I would like to thank you all.

    God Speed!

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