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The Susan G. Komen 2009 Race for the Cure was held at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Portland, Oregon on September 20, 2009. I attended and what I saw was a wall of people covered in pink and white. People were adorned with pink and white balloons, scarves, wigs, capes and feathers all in the spirit of bringing awareness to Breast Cancer and to raise funds to cure Breast Cancer. In fact, there was 45,000+ people in attendance.
It was a beautiful Sunday morning. However, there was a somberness to the day. There were pictures and signs of loved ones lost to this disease, as well as families who had survived the pain and suffering that comes with cancer. There was an upbeat positive attitude, hugging friends, pink costumes. Some of the signs made me chuckle, sayings such as “save the Ta-Ta’s” and “Scooby Booby Doo.” 20 to 30 years ago we didn’t discuss these things, much less give the subject’s a nickname (out loud anyway). While the emotions swung from one end to the other, there seemed to be a force, one to be reckoned with, people contributing their time, money and energy, to say, “You will not take us down, we are here to eradicate Breast Cancer and support one another, Breast Cancer will go down, and we will fight!”
Everyone that knows someone with breast cancer is affected by it and their lives forever changed. Fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, husbands, wives, grandparents, grandchildren, and friends the list could go on and on, these are the people who support the Race for the Cure. These people want to change the future for others, to know they are safe from deaths related to Breast Cancer. The answer for now is early detection, and a hope to make it a thing of the past. There are many who have survived 37, 31, 15, 5 years after diagnoses and treatment, so the hope is real and early detection is key.
I raced to save the ones I love and the ones they love from the life changing reality that comes with this terrible disease. I raced in hope for A Cure. Did you know that 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their life time? October is Breast Cancer awareness month, so please schedule a screening and be proactive in your health and future. Did you know Men get the same types of breast cancer as women? According to the American cancer society an estimated 2,300 Men will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 alone. Anyone and everyone, can walk, run or even sleep-in to help raise critical funds for breast cancer research, education, screening and treatment.
Why? Who? How?
Thousands of women here in the metro area don’t have insurance or are underinsured, so they will not get screened or treated for breast cancer. The American Cancer Society Transportation Program Powered by Susan G. Komen for the Cure provides transportation, lodging and food assistance in the form of pre-paid gift cards or transit vouchers, and is offered through a generous grant from the Oregon and SW Washington Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, help women and men, in Oregon, travel to breast cancer treatment, screening and diagnostic mammography appointments. Hotel rooms can also be covered by these grants if the patient qualifies for assistance. To find out more go to: http://ww5.komen.org/KomenNewsArticle.aspx?id=15082
Susan G. Komen partners with the States of Oregon and Washington to fund free screening programs. To obtain an appointment call:
• Oregon residents: 1.877.255.7070
• SW Washington residents: 1.800.992.1817