Sunday, October 16, 2011

Racing for a Cure

Picture this scene:  Seven of your relatives (or friends) and you are sitting around having dinner.  You're all laughing, talking, and having a great time.  Perfect, right?

Now look around again.  Did you know that one of you will likely be diagnosed with breast cancer?  Let me say it again:  It's likely that ONE OF YOU WILL BE DIAGNOSED WITH BREAST CANCER.

Not such a pleasant thought anymore is it?

Over 230,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year alone.  And over 2,000 men.

Almost 40,000 of these women will die of breast cancer.  Over 400 of the men will, too.


I'm not sure about you, but I'm just not okay with that.  Especially since there are over 2.5 million survivors.  People are beating this disease every day, yet we're still losing thousands of mothers, grandmothers, relatives, friends, co-workers, and neighbors.  One is too many, let alone thousands, so we've got work to do.

My family and I (plus some friends of the family) did the Komen Race for the Cure again this year.  Although the Race for the Cure is a ton of people coming together because of something so unfortunate, it is a beautiful event that is uplifting in so many ways.


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Our Team:  Pat, Val, Elida, Alethea, Lois, Beverly, Gerri, Ashleigh, Megan, and Carmelanie

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The final numbers haven't been released yet, but there were at least 16,000 racers.  

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Morgan is too young to participate this year, but I am so glad my niece was able to experience it.  

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Chances are you know someone (or are someone) who has battled this disease.  I can easily sit here and preach about early detection -- but this is something we all know.  Early detection helps our problem, but it won't fix it -- especially when three-year-old Aleisha Hunter was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was just two years old.  And Hannah Powell-Auslaum when she was just 10.  No one is expected to check their child's chest for lumps, yet, breast cancer found its way in the lives of these children and their families.  NOT OKAY.

We've got to find a CURE.  And that comes with increased awareness and funds for research.  And that really starts with us.

Many, many thanks to the family and friends who raced on Saturday.  We had a great time for a great cause. Go ahead and start recruiting for next year.  Last year there were five of us, and this year we doubled that.  Let's double it again. :)  And a special thanks to my husband and Aunt Linda who personally helped me reach my $100 fundraising goal.  Your support means more than you'll ever know.

If you want to learn more about breast cancer, find a race near you, or simply make a donation, visit komen.org.  Together we can do this.

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