Last weekend, my parents, son, and I participated in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Austin, Texas. This is the world’s largest and most successful education and fundraising event for breast cancer ever created and it was wonderful to be a part of it. Through the runs and walks, they are able to raise funding and awareness for breast cancer. Survivors are celebrated and those who are no longer with us are honored as well.
I grew up knowing I had a family history of breast cancer. Unfortunately, two of my dad’s sisters died of breast cancer when they were young. One was in her 30s and the other was in her 40s. In addition, I had known and heard of many others who faced with breast cancer.
Sabías que 1 de cada 8 mujeres en los Estados Unidos va ser diagnosticada con Cáncer de Seno?
Pensando en este numero quiero compartir la historia de mi madrina Nelsy De La Cruz que a los 45 años de edad fue diagnosticada de cáncer al utero.
El evento empezó a las 6:30 am con el registro de los participantes, aunque era un día lluvioso en Seattle y con neblina. La participación de 500 mujeres vestidas con varios accesorios de color rosado hizo que esa mañana un poco triste fuera mas alegre porque podías sentir la energía de todas estas mujeres que trabajaron para recaudar fondos para poder participar en esta camina.
Breast cancer. Just writing the words sends chills down my spine. I don’t like it. No one does. But breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women outside of skin cancer. Begrudgingly, my family has been affected by both.
At the sound of the bell, I joined over 15,000 breast cancer survivors, supporters and volunteers from all over Orange County in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. In its 27th year, this year’s Race called for supporters to “Be More Than Pink”!
Valpak has joined the community of bold companies that share in the vision of Susan G. Komen for a world without breast cancer. To amplify awareness around this common vision, Valpak will turn its Blue Envelope pink this October during Breast Cancer Awareness Month while also working to raise local awareness within the communities that they serve and funds in support of the fight to end breast cancer.
I had a great time participating in the Susan G Komen More than Pink walk thanks to Valpak, www.valpak.com/komen. The walk took place in Milwaukee with the Lakefront as a beautiful backdrop. I was so happy to have my family come along with me from Chicago. I received a shirt from Valpak and was able to personalize it.
Did you know the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® Series is the world’s LARGEST and most successful fundraising and education event for breast cancer ever created?! The 5K races helps bring awareness to the breast cancer movement. Every event is such an emotional experience, especially once you see the celebrations of surviorship and families honoring members.
If you’re participating in a Race for the Cure, arrive early! I loved the Zumba to get my heart rate up before the 5K! There was also a DJ, light breakfast for before and after the race and booths filled with valuable information. The Survivor Walk is something that can’t be missed, especially seeing the sea of pink marching through the crowd.
The Susan G Komen organization was founded in 1982 by Nancy Brinker. Brinker’s sister, Susan G Komen passed away from breast cancer in 1980. Brinker promised Komen that she would do everything she could to end breast cancer.
All around me were survivors, men, and women who are currently battling this disease, and people supporting their loved ones. Every single age was represented. Young boys and girls running to support their moms, aunts, and grandmas. Teenagers walking in memory of loved ones who have passed. Husbands walking for wives. Wives walking for husbands. Businesses running for employees.
My cousin passed away when I was young. Before I knew much about breast cancer. In the last few years seeing two friends diagnosed and go through treatments has been eye-opening. It reminds me how important mammograms are and how the support of community makes a difference.
I know many who have lost their battle and who are survivors and today I walk for Megan. A friend and incredible woman who found out she had breast cancer last year.
Who do you walk for?
Two simple words… yet, they have the ability to completely change your world.
For me, those words were for my mom. During a routine self-exam, she had discovered a lump and went to the doctor to have it checked into… the results were something that no child ever wants to hear from their parent.
My older sister lost her battle to the disease over a decade ago. It was during the time of her diagnosis that I made a decision to do all that I could to better educate myself about the disease and to advocate for increased research, resources, and dedicated solutions to support people living with breast cancer and the communities that surround them.
Cancer is everywhere. It’s scary, sad and unfair all at the same time. However, we can’t just get up and walk away from it. We have to hear more and more about it. Day in and day out. There is always someone struggling with the wrath of cancer and the trauma and fear that families face dealing with it.
In the above picture is my grammy and me when I was about 7 years old. I never knew my grammy very well because we moved across the country when I was a kid. So when we would go back home on vacation, we would visit her. But one thing I do remember about her is my dad telling me she had breast cancer.
Recently I participated in the 2018 Komen Tulsa Race for the Cure in partnership with Valpak. Witnessing the level of compassion and positivity flowing from team members, family, friends, co-workers and even complete strangers was nothing short of amazing!
When Susan G. Komen invited me to take part in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® I was eager and also relieved. A 5K race is such a great way to bring awareness yet not have to trample your body for days on end. Oh, wait Joey. Isn’t that what happens to women and men struggling to put their own breast cancer into remission? Of course. What on Earth am I complaining about?
Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women, with skin cancer being the first. And about 1 in 8 women born today in the U.S. will get breast cancer at some point in their lives. That’s a scary thought.
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