Some of the national anger with Lance Armstrong has to do with the fact that the inspiration he provided for so many transcended his sport — and that inspiration now seems as fraudulent as every yellow jersey hanging on his wall.
Fortunately, we are blessed here on the Kenai Peninsula with plenty of people from whom we can draw inspiration, people who are battling cancer themselves or supporting a friend or loved one in their fight. Indeed, they are living strong every day of their lives.
The community heard from some of those people last week, when Central Peninsula Hospital hosted its “Written in Stone” event in its new radiation oncology center. People were invited to write an inspirational message on the building’s concrete walls, which will be compiled in book to be given to patients treated there.
Words were written from the heart.
“Keep your smile, laughter, courage and positive attitude during this fight with cancer. Let them always be a part of you.”
“Believe, live every day like you mean it. Believe that anything is possible.”
“Let your faith be bigger than your fear!”
The American Cancer Society estimates that 1.6 million people will be diagnosed with cancer nationwide in 2013, including 3,290 in Alaska. Chances are, we all know someone who has been affected by the disease — friends, coworkers, neighbors, family. We’re glad to see the resources available for cancer treatment in our area expand.
We’re also glad to see that in our community, we can look to those same friends, coworkers, neighbors and family for support and inspiration. And we’re glad that they’re willing to share it.
Though the words from the “Written in Stone” event will eventually be covered during the next phase of construction, we hope the inspiration will remain.