Cancer – lending a hand can save a life

Drishti Nishar, Writer

Dear Editor,

I’m writing to you in regards to new cancer research and actions. I think that cancer is a serious topic of discussion and that we should be doing everything we can to help cancer patients. One of my childhood friends was diagnosed with cancer when she was in third grade. During cancer treatments, she was motivated at first to do everything she could to get through, but soon she lost her motivation and wasn’t too certain she would make it. However, my friend and I didn’t give up on her and she is now free of cancer for 2 years. I would really like it if cancer patients everywhere realized that there are people for them and that they will get better very quickly. 

An article from the MD Anderson Cancer Center says that one of the easiest ways to help cancer patients is just helping them with everyday tasks. Helping them with groceries, helping them keep their house clean, driving them to appointments. Another way to help is to visit them regularly. This helps let them know that they have a friend by their side no matter what. American Cancer Society says that many patient families have trouble dealing with the costs of cancer treatment. Some ways to help are to donate to cancer-related websites so that the stress of dealing with costs can be lifted off of their shoulders. I think that many people can easily help support this cause and that it should be talked about more.

Sincerely,

Drishti Nishar

Eighth-grader 

Fairfax