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Sunday, October 5, 2008


It's always wonderful to see how much money is raised for the work that research centers and hospitals are doing based on the fundraising by the Susan G Komen foundation. We have two events at this time of year on the Gulf Suncoast - the first is a 5k 10k race in St. Pete, which happened yesterday. I tried to get time off to work the phones for the race last week, but alas, the world was too busy. Hopefully I can nose around to be able to help on the Breast Cancer 3 day walk at the end of the month.
Meanwhile, at least I was able to get to St. Pete and be a cheerleader yesterday, for those amazing runners. Another favorite of mine is the Ford Motor Company.... their "Warriors In Pink" campaign gives all it raises to Komen. In case you're not familiar with Komen, the foundation's story is pretty special. So here's a recap of what they stand for:
Our Vision: A world without breast cancer
Our Promise
The Susan G. Komen for the Cure promise: to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality of care for all and energizing science to find the cures.
Our Story
Born in a promise between two sisters – Nancy Brinker to her sister, Susan G. Komen, who died from breast cancer at the age of 36 – Susan G. Komen for the Cure is the world’s largest and most progressive grassroots network fighting to end breast cancer forever.
Our Pledge
To fulfill our promise to end breast cancer forever, Susan G. Komen for the Cure will invest more than $1 billion over the next decade on breast health care and treatment, especially for underserved women, and on research to discover the causes of breast cancer and, ultimately, its cures.
Our Passion
Because 10 million women around the world could die from breast cancer in the next 25 years without the cure, Susan G. Komen for the Cure is fighting every minute of every day to save every life.
Our People
The more than 100,000 survivors and activists of Susan G. Komen for the Cure are the face and voice of the global breast cancer movement – local activists and global citizens who mobilize millions through events like the Komen Race for the Cure Series, the world’s largest and most successful education and fundraising event for breast cancer.
Our Work
With nearly $1 billion invested to date, Susan G. Komen for the Cure is the world’s largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to curing breast cancer at every stage – from the causes, to the cures, to the pain and anxiety of every moment in between.
Our Success
Susan G. Komen for the Cure has played a critical role in every major advance in the fight against breast cancer over the past 25 years – transforming how the world talks about and treats this disease and helping to turn millions of breast cancer patients into breast cancer survivors.
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Bob said...

Something we definitely agree on, my friend. My dear mother died of breast cancer 12 years ago this month. She had regular mammograms and did self-exams but it was hidden deep in breast tissue and had spread before it was finally detected. She lived exactly six months from the day she was diagnosed. Today technology has developed so that detection is better.

It's a horrible disease but the Komen Foundation gives us hope.

Thanks for caring.

Donna said...

Thank you for posting this, Ms. Quid. It's not everyday I agree with Bob, but today I wholeheartedly do!

Pam said...

And, yes, the koman foundation is huge here in Dallas for obvious reasons.

It has changed the face, and become the voice of hope for breast cancer.

Kelly said...

fungI don't think I knew your mother's cancer was breast cancer, Bob.

Thanks for posting this, Quid, and reminding us how important the Komen Foundation is!

Serena said...

What a wonderful organization. We need more of this kind of work.