I am very close to my Grandfather. My mother being an only child, and living only a few minutes away from him growing up, I became almost like a son. From summers spent fishing to winters spent playing chess and talking, we grew closer and closer the older I got. Our conversations have become legendary in family lore, with discussions about modern philosophy, classical literature. Not to mention politics, ranging from the school government elections to the Israel-Palestine Situation. We have discussed love, hate, relationships. Parental advice, cooking advice, sex. Everything anyone could talk about, we did. How the Patriots were doing without Tom Brady this season, whether or not I should take a certain English class, we talked about it all. Essentially, my grandfather taught me to think. His life has been an average one, but his stories and wisdom are something out of a great novel. The amount of pure knowledge I have gained from him is immense.
This is why it was such a shock when two weeks ago, he went in for a biopsy and found out he has prostate cancer.
When I first heard the news, I wasn’t upset. My grandfather has taught me much, so if this is the end, so be it. He is in his late 70s and has lived a life that has been filled with wisdom and lessons that I will take with me to my grave.
Although it is sad, and I will miss Grandpa very much when he passes, he has lived a very full life. He wasn’t robbed of his life too soon, he can greet death at the end of a long full road, like old friends.
But I became upset when I realized that my grandfather is lucky. He has lived his life in one of the worlds wealthiest countries, he has had access to food and healthcare and education for his entire lifespan. But many do not. Most don’t have access to education or healthcare. That is why I am writing this article, that is why this movement is so important. Every child or person lost to cancer is robbed of the opportunity to share wisdom with their future grandchildren. Imagine the countless lives that could have been, the stories that could have been told, the grandchildren that will never be. This is why national cancer research is so important because we have an obligation to our children to ensure that they can have the best shot at living their lives to the fullest. This is why we need to find The Cure.
Jacob Bergman, 16