Cartoon Black History: Rudolph “The Red-Nose” Reindeer
When I think of overcoming adversity, this African American is at the forefront of my mind. He had every right to give in and give up. But he felt he owed it to others to keep going. That’s why he is the subject of this look into our history.
Rudolph expressed it felt like something was sitting on the inside of his nose. As if that wasn’t enough, the blood stopped circulating to his nose properly. Still, he didn’t get checked out. When it was so bad that his nose began to glow, Rudolph finally spoke to a doctor.
Rudolph knew his time was short. Instead of wasting it cursing his Creator, he used it to teach. Rudolph got on his proverbial soapbox to preach the importance of getting checked for “the silent killer”. The message was well received by his peers.
When anyone would see him, they’d say “RUdolph ‘The Red-Nooose’ Reeeindeeeeer” like Michael Buffer would. But it was a sign of respect, as if he were a heavyweight boxer. He was seen as being in the biggest fight of his life everyday anyway. When Rudolph finally lost, the country’s most recognizable man-of-faith, Bishop Schnomahn, spoke at his funeral.
The Red-Nose’s name is legend in cancer prevention. With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month and in the wake of the loss of Steve Jobs, remember Rudolph’s story. Keep it close to your heart. If you see or feel something odd, don’t hesitate to talk to a doctor. No one knows you like you do. Those, for once, were two very serious sentences.