Be the Man in the Arena

Be the Man in the Arena

I’ve always been fond of both presidents named Roosevelt because both were men of thought AND action.


Teddy Roosevelt gave a speech at the University of Paris in 1910, after he was President, which became known as the Man in the Arena speech. Though long, there is one paragraph I love because of its message, which is quintessential TR (I included it at the bottom of this article). Essentially, he is saying that the first key to getting anything done is to show up. Regardless of the outcome, you have to acknowledge the person for showing up, for making an effort, for being in the arena. It’s easy to sit on the sidelines and be cynical or judgmental. To accomplish anything, you must start with showing up.


When America was in the grips of the Great Depression, Franklin D. Roosevelt summoned his own version of the Man in the Arena speech when he said, “It is common sense to take a method and try it; if it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.” Don’t sit on the sidelines – get involved, show up!


I share this because I firmly believe that fighting cancer is not a spectator sport. People ask me all the time – how can I help?


Well, in the spirit of the Man in the Arena, here are 5 easy ways for you to show up to help. Imagine the impact if everyone did just one of these?!



AmazonSmile – AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice. And it works with your Amazon Prime account! You must start at smile.amazon.com each time. And you’ll know you are on the right sight because it will list the charity you designated at the top of the screen. July 16 is Prime Day so please remember to use AmazonSmile.





United Way – did you know that you can designate your United Way donation to another charity? Typically this designation is done at the annual sign-up. The company code for Expect Miracles Foundation is M850642.



Social Media - follow us on social media and like, comment, share our posts! How easy is that?! Connect with us on LinkedIn,  Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter



Company Match – for a little more effort to fill out some company paperwork, you can increase your impact dramatically! Don’t leave money sitting on the table. Be the man in the arena!



Fundraise – if you are someone that believes in our life-saving mission and are also running a road race, climbing a mountain, or looking to bring your colleagues together for some team-building, why not make it more meaningful by adding a fundraiser component? Just reach out to us – we have the website tools and can give you great advice and templates to use. 



YOU are the Cure!


Be well.




It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. 

Theodore Roosevelt, Paris 1910

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