Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Why Komen Is Close To My Heart

I'm taking a break from the usual running post to tell ya'll about something that is near and dear to my heart. It's called the Susan G Komen Foundation. Alot of ya'll are already familiar with this foundation, but for those of you who are not, here is a little rundown:

  • For the past 25 years, the Komen Foundation has played a critical role in every major advancement in the fight against breast cancer - transforming how the world talks about and treats this disease, and helping to turn millions of breast cancer patients into breast cancer survivors.
  • Susan G Komen fought breast cancer and spent her time thinking of ways to make life better for other women battling breast cancer. Moved by Susan's compassion for others, her sister promised she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer. Although Susan lost her battle, her legacy lives on through the work of the Foundation.
  • The money raised by the Foundation provides free mammograms and helps support costly research.
That's my short version... By the way, all of that information was taken from their Arkansas Affiliate website. Now, on to why it matters so much to me, personally.
I've known several women who have had breast cancer, but it never hit home until my grandmother was diagnosed. Through her, I've seen how breast cancer affects not only those who have been diagnosed, but their families as well. My grandmother has fought and survived breast cancer twice and is now fighting cancer for a third time. Whenever I think of something that might seem challenging or something I'm unsure if I can overcome, I think of her. She's shown me that you can overcome anything if you fight hard enough. She truly has been an inspiration to myself and I'm sure others as well.
I'd like for us to fight hard and to raise enough money for research and free mammograms, so that one day we can put an end to this awful disease. If we all just give a small donation, such as $5, we can raise a huge amount of money. Wouldn't it be an awesome feeling to know that your $5 donation could help find the cure for breast cancer?! So, I'm asking you, instead of spending $5 on lunch today or on a smoldering hot drink, please take that $5 and give it to a worthy cause. I promise it will make your day so much better than that greasy hamburger would!!
If you'd like to donate, please click on the Susan G Komen icon on the sidebar on the right. You wont be sorry you did!


xxxxx said...

Your grandmother sounds like a fabulously strong woman. I'll be thinking of her!

What a great cause with such great people standing behind it.

Amanda said...

It is such a great cause that we as women should all care about!

lindsay said...

komen is definitely a good cause and i definitely support it because they throw a road-race :) speaks right to my running heart!

Marissa said...

I think they are a wonderful organization!

Perfectly Pleasant said...

I'll keep your grandmother in my thoughts. It's amazing how many people are touched by cancer -- I don't think it really hits home until it is someone you know.