Want to spread the word about how rare childhood cancer is? Even if you are afraid to talk in front of a group of people, you can do this without giving a big speech! This is how to give an effective talk on why childhood cancer is not rare.
Ask for time to speak at a service club’s luncheon or meeting. Rotary, Exchange, JayCees, Lion’s Club, PTA, Church Group, etc. have these on a monthly basis and are always looking for someone to inform them on issues important to their community, city, or organization. They will want you to fill anywhere from 10 minutes to 20 minutes with a prepared talk. Ask them if you can show a short video. If the answer is, “no,” then, stop here, this lesson is not for you. If the answer is “yes,” then proceed with this lesson.
Assuming it is OK to show a video, take a laptop and at least a 32 to 40 inch flat screen with you. You will need an internet connection or a DVD of the video below. Many places that hold meetings already have internet and large screens available to use. Check ahead of time to see what you will need.
Allow yourself plenty of time to set up prior to the meeting. Double check and make sure that it works!
When it comes time to speak, thank them for having you and tell them that most people think childhood cancer is rare, but you are there to tell them it is not. Tell them, 36 children are diagnosed with cancer every singe day. “That’s about one classroom of kids in __________ Elementary School every day.” Ask everyone to view the video below. Tell them to watch from AALIYAH to TYLER and to JESSIE. Ask them to write down the names of kids that share the same first name because you want to see how many people get it right.
When the video is done. Tell them that it only contained a small number of the 2,000 plus kids that DIED in 2012 alone. Each day, every four hours, somewhere in the U.S. a child dies from cancer. Look at your watch and (if you are at a lunch meeting) say, “So far today, three have died,” and if your are at a dinner meeting say, “So far, five have died today from cancer that SOME people want to keep calling rare.” Next, tell them to support childhood cancer research (pick the one you want or pick Jessie’s NEGU since they made the video, not to mention all the good they do).
End of Talk. Thank them. Don’t even ask who counted the number of times a name was repeated, no one will know. Take my word for it, they won’t even notice that you never asked.
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