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Thank God We Are Americans Today!

Tuesday, 15 May 2001 12:00 AM

Or, put another way, every one of us here in the United States of America should be thankful -

Just think of the millions and millions of people – billions cumulatively – who have preceded us.

This week the annual meeting of cancer oncologists is meeting in San Francisco and revealing the new progress made in fighting that dread disease. There is much to be hopeful about. Gleevac, announced with much fanfare, seems to cure one type of leukemia and may work on previously incurable GIST tumors and maybe other cancers, too.

Bladder cancer can now be treated more efficiently; so, too, can colon cancer.

There is real hope for more and more cancer sufferers that they might defeat their disease.

Whenever these new breakthroughs are announced it hits me: imagine living one hundred years ago? What did medicine know then about these things? Not much!

And, a hundred years from now, our science and medicine will seem equally primitive.

But the reason for such medical marvels today is a system of thought and innovation that

Simply stated, our free society

Here, today, in the good old USA our bright young people can listen to their own destiny and follow it.

Thus the breakthroughs in cancer and spinal injuries and retinal problems and many other medical mysteries.

Make no mistake about it: for these creative brains to function to their maximum – and for artistic, musical, literary minds, too - and for all of us – it requires a

So, the next time you hear someone griping about something here today, try asking them this question: "When, in the history of mankind, has

We should all thank God – and our lucky stars – for the right and the

And we should all pledge to fight like hell to keep our fellow Americans aware of how lucky they – and we – are.

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