Thursday, October 18, 2007

Support Proposition 15 in Texas

Read This Article: Taxes Won't Cure Cancer

Here's my response:

Liz Young is Wrong!

What were you doing in January, 2001? Like 50,000 other high school seniors across the world, I was writing my “Question 1” essay for admission to The University of Texas, but unlike any other applicant that year, mine was written on a laptop in the waiting room at the purple ward at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Having survived an intensive, 10 hour long breast cancer operation, my mother was recuperating, and I took several days off from school to be by her side.

Fortunately, hers was discovered in a very early stage and she has had no major complications since her operation almost seven years ago. In fact, there’s nearly a 100% 5-year survival rate for Stage 1 breast cancer after treatment, and a 5-year rate across all stages is about 86%. The reason for this is research and awareness, and I find it important that we’ve fittingly raised this issue in October, breast cancer awareness month.

In 2007 more than 95,000 Texans are expected to be diagnosed with cancer, and more than 37,000 Texans will lose their lives to the disease. The illness costs Texans $30 billion each year in both direct and indirect costs. With the best medical center in the world right here in Houston, as well as excellent facilities in Dallas and around the state, combined with some of the world’s premier research institutions, we need to lead the way in all cancer research. We have a $4B budget surplus and now is the time to act.

Cancer affects all Texans, whether you personally know a victim, or you know them vicariously through others, but they’re out there. They’re out at walks across the country, raising awareness and asking for support. We ought to lend it to them. Support Proposition 15, support my mother.

Eric T. Tung
BBA-Marketing, 2005
Independent Blogger -


1 comment:

Karen said...

Mr. Tung, unlike you, I lost my mother to breast and bone cancer, but I don't think that the state government should be in the business of establishing and funding research centers for any type of disease or drug. My mother was a director at the State Department of Public Health and I don't believe she would have supported this. She understood the balance of maintaining the public health with the cost to taxpayers. Her goal was to immunize children and make sure there was appropriate medical staffing in every Texas city. There are enough places already doing cancer research that we don't need the State to throw more bureaucracy at it. The money spent on creating the infrastructure for this research would be money not spent for research. If they must use our tax money for research, just send it to establishments already doing it, like the Cancer and Therapy Research Center in San Antonio and MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. And leave the rest of the money they didn't spend for providing appropriate infrastructure for running the state, like toll-free roads.