Combating cancer: What’s your number?

Do you work better with numbers? If you’re left-brain dominant, you probably do unlike your right-brain dominant counterparts who favor visuals.

But no matter your brain dominance, we can all agree that numbers can be downright scary, especially for those who have been diagnosed with cancer. To them, numbers mean everything. Numbers are tumor measurements, red and white blood cell counts, hormone levels and most importantly, the magic number: five. Not until five years after treatment are you finally considered in remission.

Cancer, like so many things in life, is a numbers game.

But for several years now, we’ve been focusing on some positive numbers: 467,000 square-feet, 140 beds and 3/26/2011.

These numbers make up our newest “home of hope,” the new Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center set to open March 26, 2011. This $350 million facility is dedicated to caring for those whose number, for reasons we can’t comprehend, has been called to face the most challenging battle of their lives.

But thankfully, we’ve got cancer’s number.


We’ve all been affected by cancer in some way, shape or form. In other words, we all have a cancer number. Whether it’s the number of months you’ve been in remission from lung cancer like Paul Miller, the number of feet you’ve climbed to raise awareness about blood and marrow donations like James Chippendale or, like Aimee Bartis, the number of miles you’ve walked in cancer fundraisers in memory of your dad, each of us can truly say, “I am a numbers person.”

So what’s your number? View our #MyNumber video and share your story with us in the comments below or on your social network of choice. Together, we can tell cancer that we’ve got its number.

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Combating cancer: What’s your number?