By The Numbers

Two years ago on the 4th of July, Emily and Miles had a “destination wedding” in Sacramento. The four joyous days were like summer camp, packed with rafting down the American River, bowling at a rented alley, a wine walk through Midtown, and transportation via school bus.  Their wedding truly reflected their priorities—friends, family, and fun.

When the bride and groom asked Miles’ sister, EmTay, to do a reading during their ceremony, she pointed out the irony: they are not exactly the biggest readers, except for Sports Illustrated and US Weekly (and even more ironic, Sports Illustrated arrives addressed to Emily, and US Weekly is addressed to Miles).  So in lieu of a reading, EmTay compiled a list of stats on these two college athletes as a couple:

September 2003

When Emily and Miles first met at a college party.  Miles was serving as his roommate Josh’s wingman, and thought Emily would be perfect for Josh.


# of nights during college, before dating Emily, that Miles fell asleep to the classic How to Lose A Guy in 10 Days.


# of dates Emily went on with a Clippers cheerleader.  Yes, she found the only league in the NBA with male cheerleaders.


# of months it took for Miles to win Emily over.  His only obstacles:  his roommate, Josh, and that Clippers cheerleader.


# of months it took Miles to tell Emily that he loved her.


The amount Miles earned working as the Ball Boy for Emily’s volleyball team.


The amount Miles spent on international phone calls when Emily studied abroad in Spain.


# of Steelers games Emily has watched since Miles converted her to a hard core fan.


# of pounds Miles has gained since they started dating.


% of bugs killed by Emily during their relationship.


# of years it took Miles to propose.


% of time the groom fell asleep during wedding planning.


The certainty of this marriage lasting forever.

We’ve recently started studying other statistics – those for lung cancer.  One of the biggest surprises is that lung cancer gets the least amount of research funding dollars and kills the most people (more than breast, prostate, colon, liver, melanoma, and kidney cancers combined).

Here are a few more statistics:


% of lung cancer patients who are non-smokers or haven’t smoked in decades.


# of people that die every day from lung cancer in the U.S. (that’s 19 an hour).


The fraction of funding that lung cancer research receives compared to breast cancer.


The overall survival rate for lung cancer, which hasn’t changed in 40 years.

Due to breakthroughs in medical research, the survival rates for almost all other cancers have dramatically improved.  Breast cancer has advanced to a 94% survival rate, and prostate cancer is now at 99%.  However, since lung cancer is still viewed as a smoker’s disease, it doesn’t get the necessary funding.  This won’t change unless there is greater awareness, which is what we are trying to do.  And of course, drive Emily’s survival rate to 100%.

3 thoughts on “By The Numbers

  1. Well Miss Emily….you are starting to sound like me…..Sometimes I feel like a Preacher!!!! It is going to take a Village to cure this disease and I am so happy to have you on our team…….This cancer is not prejudice…..It strikes anywhere and any time.

    Have I told you lately that ‘I love you’!!!!! Big hugs to you a Miles…..and your entire
    entourage!!!! You are truly blessed.


  2. EmBen, YOU ARE the woman to get the world to sit up and pay attention to lung cancer – you are rocking this fight, woman!! My entirely non-smoking family and I stumbled upon lung cancer, and our ignorance about it, the hard way – and we’re not going to stop until EVERYONE understands that it is everyone’s problem, right now. Who in the world could make that statement better than beautiful you?!
    We are in your corner, and you are in our prayers – thanks for another powerful post –
    With Love, The O’Halloran Family

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