Thursday, July 17, 2008

united against breast cancer

this is my mom and dad at my mom's last chemo session.

last july my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. after two surgeries and over 6 months of chemo she is getting to have a little time to take a breather before they preform more tests and possibly more treatment.

my mom looks nice doesn't she? she is nice. but don't confuse nice with weak for she is by far the bravest lady i know.

why am i writing all of this? well for 2 reasons:
1) because cancer really sucks
2) because there is something we can do to fight it

susan g. komen which is arguably the leader in breast cancer research and education in america is having their race for the cure here is kansas city on august 10 at union station. they will have a competitive run and then a non-competitve walk/run both being 5k's as well as a 1 -mile walk/run.

if you're not sure you're up for the whole race part there is something you can do for susan g. komen foundation that will cost you nothing but you're time - volunteer. that's what i plan on doing this year. because with statistics like these listed below, i can't just sit around, i must do something.

* In 2008, the American Cancer Society estimates that 182,460 women and 1990 men will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer; during the same time, 40,480 women and 450 men will lose their lives to this terrible disease.

* Breast Cancer is the leading cause of death in women between ages of 40 and 59.

* 80% of all breast cancers occur in women with NO KNOWN RISK FACTORS. All women are at risk; and one's risk increases with advancing age.

* A woman's chance of developing breast cancer increases with age. In the United States, a woman has about a 13.2%, or 1 in 8, lifetime risk of developing breast cancer.

* It is estimated that there are 2.5 MILLION breast cancer survivors alive in the U.S. today.

The website to register to run/walk or volunteer is:

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