In four weeks (*gulp*) my good friends Jen and Shelley and I will be participating in a special event called the Susan G. Komen 3-Day. We’re going to walk 60 miles over the three days, in support of those impacted by breast cancer. It’s an incredible event, and since its inception in 2003, the 3-Day has raised more than $600 million.
According to the Susan G. Komen website,
Seventy-five percent of the net proceeds raised by the 3-Day fund national research and large public health outreach programs. The remaining 25 percent funds local community and affiliate outreach programs.
No breast cancer organization provides more support and care than Komen. Virtually every major advance in the fight against breast cancer in the last 30 years has been impacted by a Komen grant, and millions of women rely on Komen every day. These women need our help more than ever to safeguard Komen’s great work in our local communities for another 30 years.
I don’t have the connection (knock on wood) to breast cancer that I do to ovarian cancer , but the fact of the matter is that breast cancer is so common that virtually everyone knows someone who has been imapcted.
Check out these statistics:
• Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer and is the leading cause of cancer death among women worldwide.
• About 1.6 million new cases of invasive breast cancer occurred among women around the world in 2010.
• About 425,000 women around the world died of breast cancer in 2010.
• Every 19 seconds, somewhere in the world, someone is diagnosed with breast cancer.
• Every 74 seconds, somewhere in the world, someone dies from breast cancer.
• The number of new breast cancer cases more than doubled around the world in the last three decades.
Additionally, breast cancer is closely tied to ovarian cancer, as the same gene – BRCA - is often responsible for both diseases.
I’ve committed to raising $2,300 for the cause, and as of now, I’m 84% of the way there – I’m just $365 short of my goal. If helping to end breast cancer is something that is meaningful to you, I’d really appreciate your support.
Every gift makes a difference. For example:
$35 could be used to provide the cost of patient transportation to a treatment session.
$60 represents one dollar for every mile a 3-Day walker will travel.
$120 could be used to cover the cost of a life-saving mammogram.
Thanks for your consideration. You can click the Komen widget in the sidebar to donate —>.