Awareness shouldn#8217;t end

Published 12:00 am Monday, November 5, 2007

(Editor’s Note: This column was originally scheduled to appear in our last edition of October.)

Although October is almost over, I would like to remind everyone that it is Breast Cancer Awareness month. When the month is over, please do not forget the race for the cure.

Breast Cancer awareness has heightened within recent years.

The merchandise for the cause is called Pink Ribbon stuff.

I am a firm believer in supporting cancer research. I think that we need to try as hard as we can to find out how to cure cancer.

Many people die from cancer every day.

In fact, according to the World Health Organization, more than 500,000 people around the world die every year from breast cancer, and it is also the cancer that causes the most deaths in women.

It seems that I hear talk about cancer all of the time, whether it is in the news or just around town or school.

One year my sister, my mom, and I had an opportunity to participate in Relay for Life, which also raises cancer awareness.

We went to the track where the walk was being held and we stayed there all night. It was such a moving experience to see all of these people who had survived cancer and people who were related to those who had not survived. The lighted luminaries that lined the track brought me to tears.

For breast cancer awareness, I think that Pink Ribbon stuff is awesome. I have several shirts and a pink armband. I even have a pink contact case. I pinned a pink ribbon to my purse.

I think the purpose of the pink ribbon symbol is to help people remember that we need to find a cure for cancer.

Having that pink ribbon displayed is a constant reminder to not give up hope and to keep striving towards the cure.

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation is also an important part of breast cancer awareness. The foundation is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists.

Nancy G Brinker founded Susan G. Komen Women for a Cure in 1982 when her sister Susan was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Nancy promised her sister she would find a way to speed up the research and help other women who were in the same situation as Susan.

Susan was 33 when she was diagnosed and she battled the cancer for three years.

The foundation’s mission is to “end breast cancer forever.” It strives for this goal by providing funding for breast cancer research and also for breast cancer screening and treatment.

The foundation also provides breast health education and screening and treatments to those who cannot afford the programs.

The foundation also gives three-year post doctorate fellowships to scientists who are studying in the filed of breast cancer research.

Since it was founded, the foundation has given nearly $1 billion dollars to breast cancer research, and it also awards research grants in the fight against breast cancer.

The foundation sponsors several programs: the Komen Race for the Cure, which are 5 kilometer races that raise money for cancer research, helps remember those who lost the battle with the cancer and recognizes those who survived; the Breast Cancer 3- Day, which is a 60 mile walk for men and women that helps raise money and awareness for breast cancer research, and Passionately Pink for the Cure, which is a program that also raises money for cancer research and educates people about breast cancer.

Learning more about the Susan G. Komen Foundation really made me think hard about cancer research. I have a sister myself, and I love her very much.

I cannot imagine how it would be to lose her to cancer.

Nancy Brinker is inspirational to me because she took the horrendous experience of losing her sister and turned into something that has helped many other women and their families who have faced the same battle with cancer.

Please, fellow readers, even though November is approaching quickly, we still need to find a cure for breast cancer.

Wear your pink ribbons proudly during the whole year.

I know I will.

Fight against this sickness that is killing so many people.