October 10, 2011

Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! 1 in 8 women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime.
This month is a very important month to my family and I. Breast Cancer has affected my family greatly in the last 10 years. My grandma is a breast cancer survivor, and my Aunt Dee passed away in July of 2010 after fighting a rare and currently incurable form of breast cancer for 5 years.
The Susan G. Komen for the Cure is the global leader in the breast cancer movement, having invested more than $1.9 billion since the foundation was started. Every year my grandma and her best friend from high school, who is also a breast cancer survivor, walk in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Denver, my mom and I walk in Lincoln, and my Uncle Jack, who was married to my Aunt Dee, continues her tradition of walking in the Race for the Cure.
Going to this race every year makes me realize how far we have come in Breast Cancer research, but also how far we still have to go to cure this disease. Without all the advancements that have been made in the last few years, my aunt would not have had those five extra years to do everything her and my uncle had always wanted to do, but never had time for.

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