Saturday, October 10, 2009

The Bigger Picture: Making Strides

Sometimes I have ostrich syndrome.
I tend to bury my head in the sand and ignore especially scary things. Because no
one in my immediate family has been affected by breast cancer, I had quietly tucked any thoughts about breast cancer and its very real threat against women away because the statistics are alarming, scary and, well, very real.
But after meeting and speaking with some of the breast cancer survivors at our
Curves, I felt a sense of urgency to learn more about this disease. As I read the statistics and recalled some of our members’ stories, I also felt a tug at my heart to take a stand against this devastating disease; therefore, in observation of Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, 16 other Curves ladies and I are participating in the first-ever American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Lake County. Our team, Grayslake Curves Breast Friends, is definitely making strides in our fundraising efforts as we have already
raised nearly $2,000! All of the money we raise goes directly toward the American Cancer Society’s breast cancer research efforts.
Some of us are walking in the Making Strides event in honor of survivors. Some
of us are walking in memory of a loved one who didn’t win the battle. Others of us are walking because we won the battle and want to win the war. Personally, I am walking in honor of our survivors at the club and in memory of a dear extended family member who just passed away this week; she was originally diagnosed with breast cancer, and it spread to other vital parts of her body.
We all have different reasons. If you feel led, please consider making a donation to the ACS so that in the future, if, God forbid, you are diagnosed with breast cancer, no one will ever have to walk in memory of you.

Breast Cancer Facts from the American Cancer Society:
*Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States, other than skin cancer.
* It is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer.
* The chance of a woman having invasive breast cancer some time during her life is a little less 1 in 8.
* The chance of dying from breast cancer is about 1 in 35.
*Breast cancer death rates have been going down probably as the result of finding the cancer earlier and better treatment.
*There are more than 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.

2 comments:

  1. Thank you for you efforts to bring awareness to this great walk. Someday we will find a cure!!

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  2. A very important post. Thank you for all that you do for this cause. You show us how we all can make a difference by just getting out there and speaking up and participating.

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There's nothing better than good conversation ... but not while talking to myself. Will you play a part in this discussion?

AND will you pretty please have your email linked to your account or leave it for me so I can respond?

Thanks for taking the time to make these thoughts into conversation.

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