Arrow-right Camera
Go to e-Edition Sign up for newsletters Customer service
Subscribe now
Opinion >  Letters

Cancer support heartening

Why the cancer fuss? Why does anyone care? Ridiculous obsession?

I am a breast cancer survivor and lost all three of my immediate family members to cancer. The money raised by people who do care, and the support of patients who feel frightened and vulnerable, is one of the most amazing things about the cancer journey. If we just all “got on with our lives and shut up” like the Oct. 12 letter from Carla Amparan suggests, far less money would be available for research, support services and awareness campaigns that encourage others to get screening exams and to be vigilant about the signs and symptoms of this deadly disease.

Though I hated having cancer, I have nothing but the fondest memories of the love and care shown to me throughout the process, even from complete strangers. I never met a cancer survivor yet that was bragging about having cancer. Rather, for most of us, we are rejoicing that we are alive to share stories of survival, courage and support to those who come after us with the dreaded diagnosis of cancer.

Vickie Hershey



Letters policy

The Spokesman-Review invites original letters on topics of public interest. Your letter must adhere to the following rules:

  • No more than 250 words
  • We reserve the right to reject letters that are not factually correct, racist or are written with malice.
  • We cannot accept more than one letter a month from the same writer.
  • With each letter, include your daytime phone number and street address.
  • The Spokesman-Review retains the nonexclusive right to archive and re-publish any material submitted for publication.
Unfortunately, we don’t have space to publish all letters received, nor are we able to acknowledge their receipt.
Click here to learn more.

Submit letters using any of the following:

Our online form

Mail: Letters to the Editor
The Spokesman-Review
999 W. Riverside Ave.
Spokane, WA 99201

Fax: (509) 459-3815
Questions?: (509) 459-5430