But according to the WHO statistics, more than 20,000 people die every day from cancer.
Parents, children, grandparents, spouses, friends, co-workers. More than 20,0000 of them. Yes, Jobs did amazing things and he will be well-remembered over the coming days, weeks and decades. He built a legacy worth celebrating. But watching the outpouring of condolences for Jobs made me wonder how many other families, friends and co-workers lost loved ones today?
I hated the answer…the families, friends and co-workers of more than 20,000 people lost loved ones in the same 24 hour period that will be remembered as the day Jobs died. So today, not only do I send thoughts of compassion and appreciation to the family of Steve Jobs but to those left behind by the 20,000 people daily who leave the planet, lives cut short by cancer.
Moments like these are worthy of notice. When something like this stops me in my tracks, I ask what is the takeaway for me? There are several:
- we’ve come a long way in the fight against cancer
- we have a long way to go in the fight against cancer
- there are many thousands of people suffering through the loss of a loved one every day on this planet
- some will leave grand and well known legacies and others will leave more silent and personal ones
- no matter who we are, no one lives forever but we can choose how we live and how we love
- if the outcome is assured, then what have we got to lose…why not reach toward the level of vision, inspiration and action of a Steve Jobs with our own goals and dreams
- what are we waiting for?
Jobs’ death does not have to mark an ending. It can mark a beginning of more people taking up the torch to lead and live a legacy daily in their own, unique way. It can fuel our commitments to continue to raise funding to support research and prevention programs not just here in North America, but worldwide.
Imagine if every person who posted, blogged or honored Jobs in some other way donated a dollar in his name to any one of the outstanding non-profit organizations out there making strides in finding a cure…American Cancer Society, Keep-A-Breast Foundation, I’m Too Young for Cancer, Stand Up to Cancer, Imermans Angels, Thrive/Survive Los Angeles, Livestrong or any of your own personal favorites?
So, today, I’m not going to eulogize Steve Jobs…I’m going to shine the light on the 20,000 others who lost their battle with cancer and call out for us to commemorate not just with words but through action that can make an impact $1.00 at a time. Jobs showed us one person can make a difference…will you?