I decided to share this picture again this year. It has such meaning to me. It is with my friend Joanie and I at my very first Race in Sacramento. It was 2007. I was a 1 year survivor. It was emotional. Joanie had warned me it would be tough. Just think, I, with the help of many of you, had finished the journey through treatment and was coming out the other side. The journey does not end with chemo or radiation or pills.
For this reason, I continue to support the fight for the Cure. I do it hand in hand with thousands, millions of others through Susan G Komen. While you all understand why the cause is important to me, I wish to share a bit about the agency. Many of you know it was founded by one woman whose sister, Susan Komen, died, as a young mother of breast cancer. It is the breadth of the scope of Komen's work that is so impressive. Did you know: that they help thousands and thousands of people at every stage of breast cancer from screening to treatment? that every day more lives are saved as the result of the countless pieces of educational material and talks to screening and therefore early detection? that early detection has continuously the 5 year survival rate? that you would be hard put to find any advance in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer where Komen has not played some role with research dollars?
This is an amazing organization with an amazing mission. It is a mission that I hold near and dear because I dream of a day when no man or woman has to hear those terrifying words, "You Have Breast Cancer". Together we CAN make a difference.
1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Our region continues to have the highest incidences of breast cancer in the country with 63 women diagnosed each and every week in Oregon. 11 will die.
Please support my participation in the 2018 Eugene for the Cure with a donation, and join us in the global movement to end breast cancer forever. There is only one way we can accomplish this: Together.
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