There are many ways you can make your mark on the fight against breast cancer.
With October comes Halloween candy, autumn leaves, and breast cancer awareness.
This year we've had some vivid reminders as to just how much a difference all our support can make in the battle against breast cancer. In April, scientists announced that the drug Herceptin cuts the risk of breast cancer recurrence by more than half and reduces the risk of death by one-third for certain women with early-stage breast cancer. It's one of the most revolutionary advances in breast cancer treatment in decades, and it wouldn't have happened without years of individual support for research funding and clinical trial participation.
When Elizabeth Edwards announced in March that her breast cancer had returned, her peers -- other breast cancer survivors -- expressed a range of emotions. Topping the list was empathy for Edwards, whose cancer had spread to her bones. There was also pride in her bravery: She chose to be open and honest about an intensely personal health issue. Others found themselves reliving their own diagnoses. And, of course, many could not help but give way to gnawing worry about their own health. Edwards' announcement...
If we want more breakthroughs like this in treatment, diagnosis, prevention, and awareness of breastcancer, we all have a part to play.
Run, Walk -- or Write (a Check)
One way to raise money for breastcancer research and awareness is to get on your feet. Runs, walks, and other active fundraising events are everywhere, sponsored by organizations ranging from the American Cancer Society to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Some fund research, some offer prevention programs, some provide outreach and education for women newly diagnosed with breast cancer; all are worthy of your time and support. It's a little late to sign up for this year's Three-Day Walk for Breast Cancer, Race for the Cure, or "Tour De Pink," but you can start training now for next year's races. And it's never too late to pledge to a friend's effort! Here are just a few of many organizations you can run, walk, or bike for, or just exercise your check-writing arm:
The American Cancer Society: (800) ACS-2345 (sponsors "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer")
The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation: (972) 855-1600 or (800) IM-AWARE (sponsors the "Race for the Cure")
The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer: (800) 510-WALK
The Young Survival Coalition: (212) 206-6610 (sponsors the "Tour De Pink")
The Breast Cancer Research Foundation: (866) 346-3228
The National Breast Cancer Foundation: firstname.lastname@example.org
Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization: (800) 221-2141
Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation: (310) 230-1712
Many of these organizations have local affiliates, so if you'd like to donate money specifically to support research, education, and breast cancer support in your own community, search the national organization's web site for the affiliate nearest you.