National Breast Cancer Coalition

Truth #29

Great scientific achievements have
been accomplished in less than 10 years.

It was 1961 when President Kennedy announced the goal of putting a man on the moon. Eight years, one month and 26 days later, Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon. Jonas Salk undertook a project in 1948 to determine the number of different types of polio virus and extended this project towards developing a vaccine against polio. Just seven years later, in 1955, the Polio Vaccine was announced to the world.

Deadlines can make the impossible possible. Putting a man on the moon was impossible. Curing polio was impossible. Eradicating small pox was impossible. What seems unimaginable can become reality with a deadline, strong leadership, strategic vision, and a culture of innovation. These ingredients are available to us right now in the world of breast cancer, and now is the time to begin.