We've mentioned the declared goal of the National Cancer Institute before: to defeat cancer by 2015, eliminating all suffering and death caused by this condition. This article from USAToday emphasises that this is, above all, a realistic goal. Three decades of well funded research, education and widespread activism have brought us to this point. The fight against cancer is a success story in its closing stages: the fight against aging could be next if we look, learn and act. Following the example set by cancer research activists, we can encourage funding and recognition for healthy life extension research.