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Breast Cancer Awareness

On a recent visit to Virtual Assistant Forums, I read a thread written by a fellow VA asking for support for her mother as she walked in the Weekend to End Breast Cancer on September 11 – 13, 2009. This is one of many similar 60 kilometer walks in Canada to support research, treatment, and services through the Campbell Family Institute at The Princess Margaret. According to the Cancer Institute of Canada, approximately 20,500 Canadian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, and 5,400 will die of the disease.

In the United States, a woman has a 1 in 8 risk of developing breast cancer in her life time with 182,460 new cases of invasive breast cancer expected to be diagnosed during 2008 (latest available estimate according to the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Facts and Figures 2008).

As a woman in the high risk category (my mother was a two time survivor) I am very familiar with the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the many activities in which you can participate in order to raise funds to help spread Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s message that early detection saves lives. The success of this breast cancer awareness program only happens when people are willing to take on the challenge to participate and make a difference in the fight against breast cancer.

On March 14, 2009, the Susan G. Komen affiliate closest to my home will be hosting the third annual Susan G. Komen 5K Race for the Cure, at Coconut Point, in Estero, Florida. Last year more than 6,000 local participants raised more than $800,000 in this event. A few years ago my husband and I participated in the Race for the Cure in Washington, DC, along with approximately 20,000 other people. This was a truly amazing experience that I will never forget.

Please consider participating in a breast cancer awareness event. There are various events held all year long in over 100 countries in the world. Do it for your sister, your mother, your daughter, your friend … yourself.

For more information regarding Susan G. Komen and future dates for the 5K Race for the Cure, Marathon for the Cure or Breast Cancer 3 Day, please visit

For information regarding Tee Off Against Breast Cancer, plus the new tennis and dinner programs, please visit

For information regarding Debbie Blanchard and her Weekend to End Breast Cancer 60 kilometer walk in Canada, please visit

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