01 October 2009

Hakuna My Ta Tas

Just a friendly reminder that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, one of the single most important month dedications there is.  Someone you know has been affected by breast cancer; a grandmother, a mother, an aunt, a sister, a niece, a child, a daughter, a friend.  What some people may not know is breast cancer can affect men as well, although it is very uncommon.

This month, as well as throughout the year, there are numerous activities in which to get involved in to support breast cancer research.  Someday, someone out there will find a cure for breast cancer, but it can't be done without your help.

The American Cancer Society has Making Strides Against Breast Cancer races throughout the year.  Please click on the name for a direct link to search for an event in your area.

Susan G. Komen For The Cure also holds events year round.  These events are typically called Race for the Cure, and take place all over the nation.  Click on the name for a direct link to search for an event in your area.

Some of these races are free to sign up; some require a mere $25-30 entrance fee.  For most races, you can collect pledges and donations.  These races are a great way to help fund breast cancer research.  Get your company/personal team started and start collecting donations. 

In late January of this year, we participated in Race For The Cure in West Palm Beach, FL and raised nearly $1,000 for Susan G. Komen foundation.  It was an extremely emotional race because my girlfriend's family had just suffered a devastating loss just a month prior to this race; her aunt Yvonne Rawley, 38, passed away from breast cancer just two weeks before Christmas and left behind a husband, and two young boys, as well as a huge extended family and friends.  She was not only an inspiration in life, but in death as well, and she is sorely missed by her friends and family. 

Breast cancer is a killer and strikes where you least expect it.  Be prepared. Get your annual exam from your OB GYN.  Do self breast exams at home.  Get a mammogram.  Participate in local breast cancer events.  Shop online at places like Save the TaTas and The Breast Cancer Site.  Purchase Yoplait yogurt and save the lids to send them in, or purchase other items in stores that support breast cancer.  It doesn't matter if it's $1 or $1,000; every little bit counts.

This year, we are participating in Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure events on 17 Oct 2009 in Miami and in January 2010 in West Palm Beach.  We are also participating in Making Strides Against Cancer on 10 October 2009 in Ft. Lauderdale. Visit the Susan G. Komen website to learn more about breast cancer, shop, and get involved.  This year, and every year, we are walking in memory of not only Yvonne Rawley but every other person who has either survived or lost her battle with breast cancer.

Learn more about breast cancer here, along with the other links I've posted on this blog.  Show your support for hooters!!! Hakuna My Ta Tas because one day, you never know when you may need someone's love and support yourself...so, spread the word and get more people involved!!!


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