Cancer Ain’t Gonna Win If I Have Anything To Say About It

As I wrote about in my post†Damn You, Cancer, Cancer and I have been going mano-a-mano lately. Iím grateful Iím not battling it personally, but it seems to be all around me these days.

My dear friend Susan Aisha Masri (who I wrote about in†Eulogy of a Sister Goddess) just succumbed this month, less than two months after her diagnosis. And my friend and fellow author†Mike Robbins just lost his beloved mother. And two more of my close friends are battling late stage cancers as I write this (cancer, you donít wanna mess with these two – theyíre TOUGH COOKIES!)

And five years ago, I lost my father to metastatic melanoma six months after he beat prostate cancer.

Sheesh, Cancer! Do you really have to be so ruthless?

Fortunately, thereís something I can do to put Cancer in his place – and you can help me.


My sister-in-law Kim Rankin is riding†Pelotonia to help fight cancer. Pelotonia is a grassroots bike tour with one goal: to end cancer. It is a cycling experience that starts in Columbus, Ohio on August 19 and lasts for 3 days.† What’s different about this ride, when compared to many cancer-fighting races, is that 100% of every donation will fund research at the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. So far this year, the 4,047 Pelotonia riders have raised $3,822,205, and the number grows every day.

To ride in Pelotonia, each rider needs to raise money. This year, my sister-in-law is training her patooty off to ride 100 miles, but to qualify, she needs to raise $1,800.† She joined The Limited’s Victoria’s Secret team this year, and theyíre matching dollar for dollar after $600. Ever dollar counts.

Please support Kim and help us all beat Cancer by donating even $5 in honor of someone you know who has battled cancer or just because you want to help.

Donate here.

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May we all show Cancer whoís boss. And may you all heal, connect, and thrive.

Kicking Cancerís ass,


Lissa Rankin, MD: Founder of†,†motivational speaker, and author of†Whatís Up Down There? Questions Youíd Only Ask Your Gynecologist If She Was Your Best Friend and Encaustic Art: The Complete Guide To Creating Fine Art With Wax.

Learn more about†Lissa Rankin here.



Winn Adams
Winn Adams6 years ago


April C.
April C6 years ago

I agree with Christina & Patrica R.

Patricia R. can you tell me some of the things you did to help build up your immune system and heal your body from cancer?

April C.
April C6 years ago

I agree with Christina and Patricia R.
Patricia R. can you tell me some of the things you did to help heal your body from cancer?

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Colleen Maranda
Colleen B6 years ago

Thankyou Patricia, Mandy, Robert and Christa. I'm inclined to think it's not helpful to view any physical, mental or emotional irregularity as a wicked invader to be resented, battled and conquered. More likely a troubled part of our personal ecosystem that needs to be understood, respected and nurtured towards healthy functioning.

Christa Leduc
Christa Leduc6 years ago

I will never support Cancer research because it has been proven that cancer can be cured the natural way. Chemo (weakens the immune system) and radiation do more harm than good. I agree with Robert P. The FDA and AMA have driven natural cures off the market for decades. It's all about the big pharmaceutical companies and labs making money. First of all cancer is caused by all the "additives" and GMO's that contaminate our food. Not to mention the pollutants of the big oil and coal companies. Cancer can be cured simply by becoming a raw vegan, no meat, fish, dairy, caffein, sugar, salt, alcohol and of course no smoking. Having fresh wheatgrass juice, eating lots of organic raw vegetables and fruit and exercise will heal. Research has proven that people who receive NO treatment live longer than people who receive traditional western medical treatment. There have been women with breast cancer who went through radiation chemo and bone marrow transplants and were given only six months to live by their doctors. They followed this "living food" diet (one women's cancer disappeared within 5 weeks) and are living now a full and happy life.

Kris Wear
Kris C6 years ago

I'm riding in Pelotonia as well. 3rd year that I will be doing the 180 mile, 2 day event. Let's kick cancer's ass!

Norma V.
Norma Villarreal6 years ago

Thanks Robert P.

Janet Ives
Janet Ives6 years ago


Robert P.
Robert P6 years ago

The FDA and AMA have driven natural cures off the market for decades. Look up Hoxsey Cancer Treatment for an example from the mid-twentieth century. No treatment is successful in every case, but natural treatments are better than radiation, surgery, or chemotherapy. Both my parents died of cancer. They both smoked most of their lives and had so-so diets. They lived in San Diego County and could have easily gone to Tijuana where there a number of good treatment centers, but weren't interested in any 'alternative' treatments, home-based or in Mexico.