I am in Washington, D.C. to attend President Obama's Christmas party at the White House. It's funny the way life can turn you in another direction, when you were headed down the straight and narrow road. Raising money for women's cancer research is part of my core, and because of sheer doggedness, I have been successful in fundraising and able to make grants to fund the most promising research.
Now, because of a few speaking engagements here, I have become a person of interest. I believe this path will put me front and center of policy making decisions that will not only bring funds to the research cause but provide new legislation that will create needed help for all breast cancer survivors.
There is also so much that can be done to educate women and young girls about the risks of breast cancer. There is a lot of confusion out there, and that is never a good thing. We need clear messaging, and that is an arena that suits my skill set. The year of 2014 is going to be a very exciting year for The Noreen Fraser Foundation.
The president and Mrs. Obama are on their way back from South Africa, where they attended a memorial service for the late Nelson Mandela. I felt such a strong sense of loss when Mr. Mandela passed on. How is it that one person can have such commitment and courage to put their life on the line? What does it take for one person to stand so fearlessly for justice when there is so much to lose on a personal level?
Nelson Mandela lost his freedom for 27 years, but he gained freedom for an entire nation. What he was able to do is incomprehensible. But he did it.
He also walked out of prison without anger, saying, "Only by forgiveness can you set yourself free." Forgiveness is one of the toughest challenges. Who can I forgive for cancer?
Why is the world so short of humans who are willing to stand up for those unable to do so? Whether it is veterans, those living with cancer, people living in poverty, or citizens suffering in civil wars around the globe?
It makes you wonder what we could be doing to instill a sense of righteousness in this generation. Instead of students setting their sights on the almighty dollar as their life's goal, is it possible to turn them around as thinkers and doers for a more noble life?
We need more leaders fighting women's cancer, that's for sure. There is a lot of suffering caused by cancer, and we need a Nelson Mandela to help us.
Where is our Nelson Mandela? We need you.
Noreen Fraser is living with Stage IV metastatic breast cancer. She is the Founder and CEO of the Noreen Fraser Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to funding groundbreaking women's cancer research. To stay in touch with Noreen, please 'LIKE' The Noreen Fraser Foundation on Facebook and follow her on Twitter. Noreen can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.