It’s really, really complicated. But what I found out that disappointed me
the most is things that I’d imagine if I told you or told the audience that were… weren’t
happening // There’s not much collaboration at all, with knowing that the more collaboration
we get to cures much more quickly. // For example, when my son had his cancer
genome // a lot of things that I learned that were impediments that existed; silos had been
built up of information and data that were not accessible. Whereas if they were put together, we’d move
a lot more quickly to finding answers on how to deal with these cancers. I think what they can do and should be doing
is moving as strongly as they can to put pressure on their elected representatives and on companies
to begin to move more systematically and rapidly toward dealing with cures to cancer that are
available to us now, and making them affordable and accessible to people. // I was, vice president of the United States. I literally had an entire Air Force available
to me to get me anywhere I needed to get, to get my son to the right doctors, hospitals,
et cetera, and I thought to myself, what would, how would people I grew up in my neighborhood
in Claymont, Delaware, how do they do it? How do they– just practical things, like
if you have a neighbor who is going through chemotherapy, // If they are going through
a particularly difficult time, offer to watch their home for them. Offer to drive them. // and make a world of difference. I know that sounds so overly simplistic, but
it can change people’s lives. There are so many things to look forward to,
it’s the things we can do to prevent cancer in the first place, diagnose it when it occurs,
to get it early, be in a position once it’s diagnosed to be able to get treatment, and
turn some cancers into chronic diseases instead of death sentences, and absolute outright
cures. And so we should all be putting 100% of our
effort behind dealing with a disease that affects almost every family.