In January, I was part of a team to produce "a day in the life" video for Memorial Sloan Kettering in Manhattan. MSK is a huge hospital and the oldest cancer research center in the world. The mission of MSK is "one community of exceptional people united by a clear and single-minded purpose: conquering cancer". Our goal was to visualize this by showing a day in the life. Take a look.
The 4 days we were at MSK filming was energizing and I left wondering if I could get a job there. It will sound trite, but everyone we met had a positivity and purpose whether they were in a lab, a shop, or the mailroom. I felt "one MSK" and each one of their jobs makes their ultimate goal, conquering cancer, a feasibility. The doctor needs the lab results, and the lab tech needs the sterilized equipment for their tests, and the person sterilizing, needs the maintenance person to keep the machines working properly and it goes on and on. Whether it is drilled into them or not, I could feel a common purpose from every employee I met and I wanted in.
The older I get, the more people I know who either have, have had, or are a family member of someone with cancer. It is insidious and down right sucks. In the last month, a friend of ours was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and watching her and her family deal with this absolute 180 turn in their lives has been sobering and sad. I find myself thinking about her a few weeks ago as I was headed to a working meeting and I told her she had a pretty shade of lipstick on and she told me I was looking "smart" in my outfit (she's from the U.K). I won't see her again like that and watching the physical, emotional, and mental suffering of her and that of her family, just weeks later, is hard and sad. It is part of life cycle, I get it, but that doesn't make it any easier.
Seems like I've found a place for myself helping tell the important stories at hospitals and I know there are endless stories around the world about cancer but if you feel so inclined, please share THIS ONE.