A Challenge for You: What are the Most Ridiculous Depictions of YAs with Cancer in Pop Culture?Heidi Adams — By Heidi Adams on October 15, 2008 at 9:59 am
Think perky little Mandy Moore in “A Walk to Remember.” Think of Dr. Green and his brain tumor on “ER.” Think Debra Winger in “Terms of Endearment.” Think “Wind Beneath My Wings.”
We’re looking to compile a list of the most ridiculous pop culture depictions of young adults with cancer for the Planet Cancer book, and we could use your help. And by “ridiculous,” I mean over-the-top, mawkish, underplayed or just flat-out wrong. (I mean, Mandy had terminal cancer but still looked sooo cute and had all the energy to perform in the school play, tutor underprivileged students and innocently seduce her new BF.)
More important than pop culture familiarity is the ridiculousness of the depiction. The best (worst?) ones usually turn up in forgettable ABC after-school specials and bad late-night Hallmark, WE or Lifetime movies, which we KNOW that you all have spent way too much time watching!
Bring it on! We promise not to make fun of you for it.