|Cancer Sucks Shirt|
I've made new friends because of these shirts, I've been called "the cancer sucks guy", but most importantly, I've been a small player in a global awakening to the fight against cancer (and when I say small player, I mean 1 out of over 4 million).
|Skiing with Cancer Sucks shirt|
But beyond the stories, I have learned much more from this simple, yet potent phrase. This phrase has no boundaries, and as such, it brings people closer across borders.
When I arrived in Argentina with instructions to "look for a tall, skinny kid holding a sign", I anticipated that I would find a young man holding a piece of paper with my name on it. Instead, this future doctor was holding a different sign:
Through his broken English and my broken Spanish, Martin explain that he had seen pictures of me with this shirt from our mutual friend, Jesse. I couldn't help but laugh, and I couldn't help but reflect on how this simple phrase joined us together as brothers of the same planet.
I've learned something from this simple phrase, and the audacity to make it popular and acceptable.
- Speak a global language | Be a part of something that anybody, from any country, can support.
- Stand up for something worthwhile | Put your heart and passion behind something that will inspire other people to follow.
- Be loud and audacious | It's better to turn heads than be politically correct (a.k.a. irrelevant). Another suitable phrase: It's easier to ask for forgiveness than ask for permission.
- Give it away | If you came up with something that can unite people across borders, then give it away. Let other people run with it and see what amazing things they can accomplish.
|Jeff Ross and me at an ACS conference|