"Cancer [is a] bitch"
So I’m sure all of us have been affected by the ugly c-word in some way or another, whether we’ve had a friend or relative battle it or lost a beloved celebrity icon to it. Cancer is an unfortunate part of our reality, much like AIDS, and it kills and maims a lot of people. Some people survive it, others aren’t so fortunate.
But when you start capitalizing on it financially, you’re an ass.
Here’s the story.
A year or two ago, an associate at Walmart by the name of Christie went out on medical leave due to cancer. Word got around that she was having trouble paying her medical bills so Walmart decided to help out and raise money for her. No a bad thing at all, no matter what kind of person Christie is… she once provoked me into calling her a bitch on Christmas. A BITCH ON CHRISTMAS.
But I digress.
Almost the entire store was pitching in raising money. They even made shirts up for that read, “Caring For Christie”. They even put a pink ribbon on it
As many of you know the pink ribbon is used for breast cancer, a very deadly form of cancer which has claimed the lives of a lot of women.
When these shirts came out people, customers and associates alike, started raising even more money. No one had known what kind of cancer Christie had up until this point. And breast cancer is nothing to make light of and is a very serious threat. Women all of the store, who normally couldn’t stand Christie, banded together for this one.
Well, Christie beat it and the store celebrated as she came back to work.
Here come’s the sting.
A few months after Christie returned to the store and her old devious ways, me and a coworker made an observation. She didn’t appear to have gone through any chemo treatments and didn’t appear to have had surgery. So what the fuck happened?
Allow me to fill you in. I asked a different coworker about the situation and she laughs, “She didn’t have breast cancer, all she had was some mild skin cancer. They just cut it off.”
That pissed me off. It’s not that I wanted to see Christie die of cancer or anything, but there’s certain lines that you don’t cross. I get that she needed help paying for her medical problems and the store banded together to raise money for her. That doesn’t bother me.
What pisses me off is that my store, Walmart #1465, exploited the pink ribbon to raise money for Christie’s operation. I’m not kidding. These people played if off like she had breast cancer and was going through hellacious chemo and radiation therapy.
Now I’m not trying to make light of skin cancer by any means, I know it’s a serious thing, as is anything with the word cancer attached. But there’s a huge difference between simply having surgery and going through chemo and the drastically changing surgery that results from breast cancer.
It was a very fucked up thing to do on the store’s part. Skin cancer has it’s own awareness ribbon to represent it. But these fools did not want to raise awareness, all they wanted to raise was money. It was a very underhanded thing to do but apparently very few people at the store see anything wrong with it.
So like many of the devious actions of the Danville Walmart, store #1465, it is simply ignored and they keep on going day to day with a smile on their face, like the puppets they are.
*In a side note: I would like to dedicate this blog to the memory of all the people who lost their lives to cancer and in honor of all the beat who it. And to the people who stood by their loved ones through the battles. All of you are an inspiration for the good in humanity, for proving that we can hold our heads up high even through the darkest battles. Thank you.*