For me, it's personal. 12 years ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Telling my two daughters of my diagnosis was one of the hardest thing I have ever done. But I know what would be even harder - hearing them tell me the same thing. That would be devastating.
5 years ago, I walked my first 3-Day. It was in San Francisco 2013 - the last 3-Day in that city. At the Survivor's Circle of the Closing Ceremonies I held hands with a young girl - maybe 25. A survivor. I looked at her and said "You are too young to be here". "Tell me about it" she said. As I heard the clapping and cheering and saw the shoes lifted high in the air in honor of us survivors, I realized it was not for me personally, but for what I represent as a survivor. My life and my health represents HOPE to each person there. Hope that when their mother gets a diagnosis, or their friend, or themselves, it is not a given death sentence. There can be life after a diagnosis. There is HOPE because I can still walk.
After that walk, I walked in two more events - one with my 90 year old Mom. We were team Nancy-At-Ninety in Seattle in 2013.
But then, I reazlied I wanted to do more. I wanted to raise more money for this organization that is making such a huge impact on women's health by focusing on ending death from breast cancer. I started a team - a SUPER TEAM - Hands Up For Hooters, which has become the second largest team walking for Komen in the nation! Our first year we had 69 registered walkers. Last year we had 101 walkers, with 60 walking in San Diego. This year we want to surpass that. In total we have raised over $530,000 for the Komen Foundation. But we are not done.
This year I have newfound motivation to keep supporting the search for the cure - my little grandson, Jonathan. I look at his innocent face and know that as long as I can empower my team to raise the funds to support the research that will one day find a cure, I will do it. Jonathan already lost one grandma to breast cancer. I walk to make sure he grows up in a world where he does not fear losing a wife, a sister, or his other grandmother to this disease.
Feel free to join us. We are based in the Sacramento area, but we have walkers from many states. We will be walking in San Diego Nov 16 - 18, 2018. You can't miss us. We will be wearing our googly hands-up headbands.
Why Komen? Because they are comitted. Seventy-five percent of the net proceeds raised by the 3-Day® help support Komen’s Research and Training Grant Program and large public health outreach programs for women and men facing breast cancer. The remaining 25 percent helps fund local community and Affiliate support and outreach programs.
Take a look at some of the info I have dug up about what your money does:
RESEARCH sponsored by the Komen Foundation:
Since 1982 $847 Million spent on 2400 Research Grants, and 450 Clinical Trials in 48 states and 21 countries, Including:
$22M in 45 grants and 22 trials in Obesity, Weight and Excercise
$36M in 110 grants and 25 trials in BRCA (breast cancer susceptibility)
$33M in 115 grants and 50 trials in Early Detection
$24M in 75 grants and 30 trials in Complementary Medicine
$60M in 150 grants and 15 trials in HER2
$133M in 350 grants and 35 trials in Metastatic Breast Cancer
$48M in 85 grants and 15 trials in Prevention of Breast Cancer
$80M in 115 grants and 20 trials in Triple Negative Breast Cancer
$25M in 65 grants and 5 trials in Immunotherapy and Vaccines
$158M in 330 grants and 70 trials in Precision Medicine
$36M in 70 grants in Early Detection, diagnostic and Risk Biomarkers
$41M in 100 grants in Prognostic Biomarkers
$66M in 100 grants in Predictive Biomarkers
$45M in 100 grants in Targeted Therapies
$9.5M in 30 grants and 15 trials in Breast Cancer in Young Women
$33M in 80 grants and 20 trials in Nutrition and Breast Cancer
$26M in 80 grants and 30 trials in Hereditary Breast Cancer