Next month Wilzie and I are volunteering for the Underwear Affair – a charity event that raises money to fight cancers “below the belt”. These are the cancers that don’t get alot of press because they deal with your naughty-parts, so its perfect for me because I LOVE to talk naughty.
VAGINA! Ovaries, uterus, testes, anus, rectum, penis! OK – now that I got that out of the way, I think I am ready to talk seriously about this… Just a few facts – colorectal cancer is the 2nd most prevalent (and deadliest) kind of cancer after lung cancer – killing over 50,000 people each year in the US alone. Last year, over 400,000 women worldwide were diagnosed with cervical cancer, and there are over 30 known types of tumours that can form in the ovaries. This is really serious shit!
Don’t get me wrong, breast cancer (as are all types of cancer) is a horrible thing too and we need to do everything we can to eradicate this disease in all its forms. Wilzie’s mother passed away a few years ago from breast cancer (after already beating it twice) and we do alot of volunteer work for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation as well – but the naughty-parts cancers is like breast cancer’s ugly step-sister that sits in the shadows and needs all the attention and support we can give.
I’ve mentioned before that my Mom passed away 3 years ago. She had stage 4 melanoma – which isn’t necessarily a naughty-parts cancer, but it metastasized in her colon, then proceeded to grow until the tumor had nowhere else to go and pushed its way out her rectum. Then it went on to infiltrate all of her other organs, including her brain and not 5 months after her diagnosis, she died. Due to the sensitive nature of the area, the radiation treatment often caused her more pain than the tumour itself.
Cancer of the naughty-parts is ugly and gross and embarrassing to talk about, but people need to know and something needs to be done.
This event on June 19 supports the fight against underfunded cancers like prostate, ovarian and colorectal – because like the website says, there’s “no shame in bringing a little awareness to down there-ness”. And as you know – I have no shame. Thankfully, neither do alot of the participants – which, I think, is the main reason Wilzie likes to volunteer. He can talk all he wants about benefiting “the cause”, but really, he just likes to ogle the women in their underthings (although he’s not too crazy about the guys sporting tight briefs and man-kinis).
My niece, Kayla, is running in the Underwear Affair for her second year in a row. She finished 10th in the 5k run last year and is already hard at work to ensure a first place finish this year. She says that if she raises more that $1000, she will run in her underwear. So please click here (Kayla’s in the back row, second from the left) to donate. Every little bit helps.
I am not really a fan of soliciting cash, but in this case I will make an exception – I have seen the difference that cancer research can make. A couple of years ago I was diagnosed with cervical cancer and after getting a couple pieces of my hoo-hoo cut out and a couple of days off work, I was good as new. When my Mom was diagnosed with cervical cancer in her 30’s, she had to have a hysterectomy. Big leaps come from research,which can only happen with funding, which the naughty-parts cancers don’t get alot of. We can work together to change that.
Thanks a bunch!