Why I Signed: Anne


This Summer’s UN Global Health Summit is our chance to make cancer a global priority. Sign on and tell world leaders to fight the global cancer crisis.

I signed the Open letter in honor of my mom, Cal and in support of Jack.

On a November day at the age of 14 I lost my mother to breast cancer. A cancer that she was diagnosed with, but we all had, we lived it every day while she was fighting it. My mother is free now, no more pain. But cancer have left a scar on me.

In January 2009 my close friend Chris┬┤father Cal was diagnosed with stage 4 esophageal cancer. He was originally given 4-6 weeks to live without treatment and max. 11 months with aggressive chemo. With the help from doctors and the support of his family, he was able to extend his life. Sadly Cal lost the fight on June 29th last year.

While Cal was fighting cancer, I came in contact with Jack. Jack too was diagnosed with stage 4 esophageal and has been my support, while I was trying to do all I could to help Chris. Jack has become a very special person to me and a friend. Jack is back in treatment and hopefully will be back in remission and have some calm waters for a while.

The meeting in September can not help my mom or Cal, but can help improve the quality of life of those like Jack that are facing cancer and those who will be diagnosed tomorrow.

Anne Chen
Copenhagen, Denmark.


  1. David W Webb says:

    Help with the effort to find a cure!

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