Thursday, August 10, 2006

Breast Cancer Three-Day

Three and a half years ago, my mother died of metastatic breast cancer, after being free of it for 15 years. I'm hardly unique--can any of us say our lives have not been touched by this disease? More than anything else, it affects all of us to some degree.

The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation is trying to do something about it:

About the 3-Day

Thousands of women and men will unite in cities across the country and walk 60 miles over the course of three days. It's a weekend of hope, as we honor lives lost, celebrate survivors, promote breast cancer research, and help bring breast cancer care to those who so desperately need it.

Net proceeds from the Breast Cancer 3-Days benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation to fund breast cancer research and community outreach, as well as the National Philanthropic Trust Breast Cancer Fund, to provide an endowment for breast cancer initiatives.

Team Parallel Heat, headed by Deidre Knight and members of The Knight Agency, are participating in the 3-day in Atlanta. Alas, I am unable to get down there to walk, but they are recruiting members (flights can be discounted if traveling for this purpose!) and seeking pledges. Head straight from here to to sign up or sign on.

It wasn't too long ago that a diagnosis of breast cancer was a death sentence. It's due to people like you and me, donating what we can, when we can, that research has brought us far enough to make it serious but treatable. Let's do our part to make sure it can be CURED.


Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for your loss and I think it's wonderful you're pointing us to this important cause.

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

Thanks, Ciar!

Anonymous said...

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Common Breast Cancer Myths

The first myth pertaining to this disease is that it only affects women.

Second myth that is associated with this disease is that if one has found a lump during an examination, it is cancer.

Third is that it is solely hereditary

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Conversely, some individuals foolishly believe that breast size determines whether or not one gets cancer.

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