Friday, October 23, 2009

You don’t have to run marathons….

 

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. I never thought I would be as aware of breast cancer as I have become this year.

For those of you who are new, my ORMom was diagnosed with breast cancer in February of this year. It’s been a long, tough year, but she made it. She is a survivor. And in her words, this year? Sucked.

I wish she hadn’t had to go through it at all. I’m hoping that through research, a cure can be discovered and no woman will have to go through this. I know it may not happen in my lifetime, but while I’m here, I can make make a difference. I can do my part to find a cure.

If you want to support breast cancer research, you  certainly don’t have to run marathons (thank gawd!) all you have to do is “Shop Pink” during October. It’s easy!

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This is just a handful of the coolest stuff! Who would have thought buying sponges & Sharpies would help pay for a research and mammograms?

Speaking of mammograms, have you scheduled yours? You know who you are. I’m your Breast Friend, giving you a reminder: Early detection saves lives. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. The other seven will know someone who has.

So on your next trip the the grocery store or to Wal-Mart, if you need batteries, buy the pink ones! If you need plastic Rubbermaid bowls, buy the pink ones! It’s getting colder – pink socks! A portion of all the proceeds from anything pink goes to breast cancer research. Every little bit helps.

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There is a group of firemen that tour the country in their pink fire trucks to raise awareness for women’s issues. They were in ORMom’s town last week. Survivors get to sign the truck. It was a very moving day for her, to be there to see the pink fire trucks and the big, tough (and good looking!) firemen wearing their pink uniforms.

If you want to see when the pink fire trucks will be near you, check out their website:  http://www.pinkribbontour.com/  They have a great video, too.  One of the driver’s, Dave, also has a blog, and you know how we love blogs!!  http://pinkribbonnews.blogspot.com/

So while you’re out shopping this weekend, think pink and BUY PINK! Though I’d run a marathon for my moms without missing a beat, I’d probably raise more money shopping, so I think I’ll stick to that, for now.

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