Honoring Cancer Combatants

January 17, 2010

Tonight, the Hollywood Foreign Press honored a recent cancer combatant when they awarded the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television Drama to Michael C. Hall.  Michael C. Hall is the lead actor in Showtime’s hit drama, Dexter.

Dexter is a series that depicts the life of a seriel killer, portrayed by Hall, who uses his particular homicidal talents to execute other criminals.  This is a fascinating premise, as the writers and actors of this show ask society to root on a sociopath for the betterment of society.  This creates a nice moral grey area.

What isn’t a moral grey area is the celebration of this particular actor’s professional skills and his battle with Hodkins Lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system, which is part of the body’s immune system.  This disease is considered highly treatable with potential for full recovery. Michael C. Hall’s particular battle and treatment are moving ahead and he is reported as being in remission. 

Michael C. Hall enters an arena with other major cancer combatants who have battled cancer and gone on to do amazing things either in their field or in another field following their diagnosis and battle with cancer.  Other great individuals are: Lance Armstrong (7 time Tour de France winner, and co-founder of the Lance Armstrong Foundation), Jon Lester (Red Sox pitcher – pitched a no-hitter), Mark Herzlich (Boston College player), Sean Swarner (climbed Mount Everest) and the list continues. 

These are just some of the great things that these people have accomplished, but what I like to think about is the possibilities that people who are not athletes, or celebrities might accomplish as they surpass their cancer diagnosis, or the cancer diagnoses of loved ones. I’m looking forward to the possibilities and hopefully the stories that those people put forth.  Are there any stories that you can think of that fit this particular bill?


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