I'm just crazy enough to believe that if they find a viable cure for one disease - Eventually, we'll find a cure for the next and the next!
Then there is hope for us all!
Another year - many advances but no cure! No cure for this retched disease.
We lived in Carlisle, MA on two separate occasions for a total of 11 years . At the time a small New England town --- Small classes with two towns sharing one high school.
Two of my son's classmates have been diagnosed with Breast Cancer - There were only 32 in their class ... ONLY 32 kids in that class ... AND TWO were diagnosed with breast cancer.
These ladies are in their 30's!
Also from this tiny town, my friends, Sue, Mary AND Mary's daughter were diagnosed.
There are very few folks I meet that do not learn of my passion for ending breast cancer -
Often friends of friends call and ask if I'll speak to their recently diagnosed loved ones. I am assounded the number of younger and younger women and MEN that are being diagnosed. Just recently A 15 year old boy. More than 2300 males will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. I did not say men, because I do not think being 12 or even 15 qualifies to being deemed a man!
My heart breaks each and every time I hear of another family faced with this retched disease!
I will never forget Nicky Bozeman and Phyllis Bland voices as we talk about their hopes and dreams that a cure would be found in time for them. Then remembering the songs sang, our tears and sadness at the memorial service.
BUT... there have been many advancements...
Char Butters celebrates another year as a survivor! Over 17 years she has been undergoing treatments, surgeries and MORE treatments!
Her last PET scan shows no new activity. That is 6 years with no additional recurrence. BECAUSE of some of the advances research has provided.
All the WWWFAC team will celebrate with Sallie on her 8 year anniversary as a two-time breast cancer survivor! Because of the research funded by Komen!
AND ROSI! WWWFAC teammate ROSI... She walked every step just months after completing her treatments ... EVERY SINGLE STEP ... Amazing... FRIGGIN' Amazing. I thought I knew strong...but she blew the doors off all that! Another WWWFAC team member, Sheryl, just recently rang that bell. Last treament DONE!
Sue, Dorothy, Nancy, Joann, Judy, Angela, Rosie, Adelaide, Sallie, Linda, Mary, Falah, Carolyn and Jennifer.... All survivors of this wretched disease! BECAUSE of what funds have been raised to do the research!
Each stepped walked is for our daughters and granddaughters so that hopefully they will know a world free of breast cancer.
I just can't give up!
I appreciate you and your support more than I'll ever be able to express!