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Varian launched its Dear Cancer campaign in 2009 to inspire patients, families and friends to write letters to cancer. In exchange, Varian donated $50 per letter to the American Cancer Society. Over five years, we contributed $500,000 in honor of those who have written their own messages to cancer.

Although the campaign has ended, you can still add your voice to our community and write your own letter today. We also invite you to read through the thousands of letters we received – full of anger, grief, frustration, but most of all – hope.

Here are some of our favorite letters.

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Dear Cancer,

I don't know where you came from. But one day, very soon, we'll figure out how to get rid of you!

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Dear Cancer,

I've been fighting you for 10 years, and I'm not giving up now!

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Dear Cancer,

You'll never take the essence of your victims.

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Dear Cancer,

I am not a victim.
I am stronger.

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Dear Cancer,

You made my drive to work this morning unbearable, as I cried my eyes out for my Aunt Darby. YOu couldn't just stay in remissi...

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Dear Cancer,

Life comes with obstacles, some you can’t change. My sister is 27 years old and fighting breast cancer, which happens to be here...

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Dear Cancer,

I know that sometimes you can't help coming into people's lives, but it would be great if you could stop, or at least make it ea...

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Dear Cancer,

I don't know where you came from and I don't care, but I wish that you would go back there and not bother us anymore. It would ...

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Dear Cancer,

You took away my father- my teacher, my hero, my unwavering support. You taught me what true pain and heartbreak are but you als...

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Join the Dear Cancer community and write your own letter today.
Dear Cancer,

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