Cancer is one of the leading causes of death worldwide and chances are, if you’re reading this, you’ve been affected by the disease in some way yourself. Cancer doesn’t discriminate, it doesn’t care if you’re a young mother, a sister, a brother, a father, a friend, a daughter, an uncle. It doesn’t care if you’re in love, if you’re in recovery, if you’re following your dreams, or if you’re just starting out. Cancer doesn’t have compassion, it just destroys, and it doesn’t just take cells, it takes away life, love, and promise. Cancer is one of the most destructive forces on the planet, and today is a day that the world comes together to try to take away its power.
World Cancer Day is an initiative that allows people across the world to use their voices, social media presence, and to donate to find cures for the heartbreaking disease. On the World Cancer Day homepage, this is what they say about the organization.
A truly global event taking place every year on 4 February, World Cancer Day unites the world’s population in the fight against cancer. It aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and education about the disease, pressing governments and individuals across the world to take action.
The page then follows up their mission statement with a sobering fact that, once again, shows the importance of the movement.
Currently, 8.2 million people die from cancer worldwide every year, out of which, 4 million people die prematurely (aged 30 to 69 years).
There are many ways to get involved with World Cancer Day, and not just today either, but it is more important than ever to use your voice on February 4th to bring global awareness to the movement and to get as many people listening as possible.
Here are some of the ways you can get involved today.
SUPPORT WCD ON SOCIAL MEDIA
There’s a support through sport campaign, as seen above, or you can follow the WCD Facebook and Instagram, and follow the hashtag on Twitter!
Please use the hashtag as often as possible on the 4th, each Tweet counts.
JOIN THE WCD THUNDERCLAP CAMPAIGN
You can join the Thunderclap here.
You can also download materials from the website and read more about how to boost the impact by using your social media presence.
A lot of celebrities join in during World Cancer Day too, it’s a day that many people use their circumstance to make a difference and seeing the entire world come together for such a cause is incredible. It’s also a testament to how easily the disease can touch your life, how unexpected it is when it happens, and how many people support one another through it.
A few of our favorite celebrities have already tweeted photos supporting World Cancer Day, and we want to see yours too. Tweet us at @CelebMix if you get involved.