Thursday, May 21, 2009

We need your help

My dear friend Bonnie Addario and I are tired of lung cancer. Tomorrow morning she is having a 3 foot by 10 foot letter delivered to Oprah regarding this REALLY BIG DISEASE. I'm attaching Bonnie's letter as well as directions to write your own message to Oprah to let her know what you think about Lung Cancer. I know what I want to say...but it contains a few bad words, so instead, I'm going to keep it clean and honest. I hope you'll do the same for me (us).

Here’s the 1-2-3 plan:

The scroll will arrive on Thursday, May 21, 2009

1. Please log on to FIRST THING on Thursday morning and pour your heart and lungs out about WHY you want to see Lung Cancer “talked about” on her show. (You will have 2000 characters).

2. We don’t want to tell you what to write and each email should be different.

3. Just mention that you hope she’s had a chance to read Bonnie J. Addario’s BIG letter.

Please send us a copy of what you wrote…if you want. If not…thank you, in advance, for giving it a go! It’s time for Lung Cancer to hit the airwaves in a BIG way.

Note: If, for any reason, the above link doesn’t take you to the “WE HEAR YOU: OPRAH’s MAIL” page…just go to www.oprah. com…you’ll find it.

Please write to Oprah on Thursday, May 21st ,and make Lung Cancer the headline it should be every day.

Thank you! Please call Sheila at 415.357.1278 with any questions, and please forward this to anyone you know who will send an email on behalf of eradicating Lung Cancer—and the 450 people dying a day, right here in the U.S

Imagine this on a 3 foot by 10 foot scroll:

Dear Oprah...

I am sending you this really big letter because I need
your help!

I watch your show as often as I can. I am constantly
amazed at how far your voice reaches and the incredible
things you have done for mankind.

Single-handedly you have saved lives and helped elect a
President. You bring issues to the public’s attention that
would not have otherwise been noticed.

I know that if you read in the newspaper or saw on
the news that a Jumbo jet just fell out of the sky you
would be alarmed.

If you read the very next day that another jet fell from
the sky you would sit up and question what was
happening. On day three, you would have Patrick
Forrey on your show and you would be demanding
answers and “guiding us home!”

I know that if you really knew about a disease that
was killing 450 people a day in the U.S. alone and
almost nothing was being done about it, you would do
something. If that disease surpassed breast cancer in
1987 as the biggest cancer killer of women you would
take action. If you heard that this disease received so
little attention and continued to kill people because of
lack of attention and funding, I am sure you would
help us. So, I am convinced you don’ t know.

Oprah...the disease is Lung Cancer and it kills over 1.3
million people worldwide every single year. 60% of the
newly diagnosed cases are people that either never smoked
or quit smoking decades ago...

I am one of the very few, accidental survivors, who live
to tell you. I just reached my 5-year survival
anniversary on March 17, 2009. I am part of a very
small club of survivors and I need your help to increase
the members. I am convinced I am here to make a
difference and God only knows, this was not my plan.

Beverly Sills, Dana Reeve, Peter Jennings, Nat
King Cole, John Wayne, James Whitmore, John
Updike, Suzanne Pleschette, George Harrison, Andy
Kaufman, Walt Disney, Herb Caen, Joe
DiMaggio, to name a few celebs, have all died from
this dreaded disease and no one talks about it. As big
as this letter is, I can’ t name all the people who have
died before their time. Perhaps you know someone near
and dear. I began this foundation the dayDana died
because it needed to happen. Her sister ,Deborah
Morosini, joined our board, immediately, and stands up
with us every day to fight this disease. I am not a
celebrity to anyone other than my beautiful children,
grandchildren, friends and now thousands of followers of
this foundation. I don't have a TV show nor do I have
a movie career where I can rally fans to help me fight
this disease.

All I have is the thought of you....will you help me
bring this jumbo disease to the forefront and get help for
so many people?

With love,
Bonnie Addario

That's it for now. Thanks in advance for your help. We'll keep you posted regarding Oprah's response.

Dreaming Big,


Anonymous said...

On the link, if it won't redirect, makes sure the url contains only this part...


Deb Millar said...

Also, send this on to all your email contacts and post it on your FaceBook or MySpace pages - great way to spread word quickly.

Jan & Julie said...

I sent my letter to Oprah.

I am deeply concerned about the lung cancer crisis in the United States and in our home state of Washington. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths among American men and women of all ethnicities. I lost both of my parents to lung cancer. My sister-in-law lost a lung to lung cancer.

Even though both my daughter and I are breast cancer survivors, we know that more Americans die of lung cancer each year than from breast, prostate, and colon cancers combined. If we are to win the “war on cancer” (and we must), lung cancer must be made a national health priority.

I implore you to do a show on lung cancer and tell how it has devastated families. In 2008 alone, more than 215,000 American men and women were diagnosed with lung cancer; tragically, 162,000 lost their lives to this deadly disease. Sixty percent of the newly diagnosed have never smoked or quit smoking decades ago.

You are the most powerful woman in the world. I hope that you have had a chance to read Bonnie J. Addario’s BIG letter that was delivered to you today. Won’t you please do a show on this disease and bring it to the attention of everyone?

One of your biggest fans,

Jan Stagner