Post by Jill
This post is dedicated to breast cancer awareness and a shout out to everyone battling cancer, beating cancer and to all the cancer survivors out there! Also to my twin sister Jan a breast cancer survivor of 4 years. You are one of the bravest people I know.
On Saturday May 7, 2011 I, had the opportunity to be a volunteer for The Komen Race For The Cure in Salt Lake City. http://www.komenslc.org/
I was stunned at the level of commitment the race committee, the volunteers, all the participants and especially the survivors I met feel for this cause.
So many inspirational people and stories…
Tracy, one of my new friends had a mastectomy only 2 weeks ago and she was there fulfilling her volunteer hours…she was there racing for a cure.
One man had a T-shirt on that said “My wife had killer boobs” when I chatted with him I found out that his wife had died previously this year… and he was there racing for a cure.
Many, many children walking with signs on their backs “Walking in memory of Mommy” … they were all there racing for a cure.
One girl was only 15 years old fighting breast cancer…15, recovering from surgery, on chemo…and she was there racing for a cure.
The energy from so many strong people was palpable.
The crowd, the music, the racers, it was all great… but by far, the best part of the day was the survivor parade.
As the parade started the survivors were led in by a group of energetic cheerleaders waving pink and green pom-poms…and then they entered… The Brave, Strong, Resilient, Beautiful, Amazing Women…. I totally lost it….I was sobbing, as were most of the people there. I was most touched by the young healthy cheerleaders hugging each other and crying as hard as I was.
Everyone felt the magic.
It was humbling to be in the presence of the strength of these women of all ages, races, religions and backgrounds marching together as champions!
My daughter, Miranda volunteered as a photographer for the event, the images in the slide show are some of hers from the day.
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Did you know that every 69 seconds someone dies of breast cancer? This means that all of us, in some way will be touched by breast cancer in our lifetime..
Make self examinations your monthly tradition … make mammograms a yearly tradition… be proactive about your health… do it for yourself and for those you love.
If caught early breast cancer is 99% curable.That should be enough motivation for anyone…
p.s. This is a great website that will not only show you how to do a self exam but also send you monthly reminders to do them!