First Posted: 10/12/2009
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
This year is the 25th year of the campaign to promote awareness, education and empowerment. So I think it is only fitting that we use this month to help do exactly that promote awareness, education and empowerment.
As you walk down the street each day, you never know how many of the people you encounter have been affected in some way by breast cancer, whether they themselves are survivors or they have a close family member or friend who is either a survivor or who lost the battle with the disease.
It is estimated that breast cancer will take the lives of 40,610 men and women this year alone. When presented with this staggering figure, we as human beings should have the urge to do something, anything, to help bring about a cure not only for breast cancer, but for all forms of cancer.
Many area organizations are stepping up this month to make a difference.
Just this past week, the Surry Community College volleyball team hosted a Dig Pink event, raising more than $1,000 for breast cancer research. The team donned pink shirts, bandanas, headbands and socks and even played with a pink and white volleyball.
This coming Saturday, the Pilot Mountain Womans Club will be hosting a breast cancer walk at East Surry High School. The club itself has battled with breast cancer as some of the members are survivors and even more have family members who are. One member of the club is battling with the disease right now. All money raised at the event will go to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
While great strides have been made in finding treatments for breast cancer, there is still no cure. That is what these events are looking to do, find a cure by funding research.
If these organizations are willing to step up and try to make a different, then there is no reason that we cannot help them out.
Even football teams are getting into the spirit of the event. Sundays NFL games featured players and coaches donning pink accessories, from hats and pins for the coaches to gloves and cleats for the players. Even the cover of the Oct. 12 issue of Sports Illustrated featured a pink header on the cover.
I know that times are tough, and spare cash is hard to find. However, I am asking that you take that bit of money you were going to spend on ice cream or going to a movie and donate it to one of these causes. You never know when you or someone you love will be in need of the results of the research that money will go to fund.
Morgan Wall is a staff reporter for The Mount Airy News. She can be reached at [email protected] or 719-1929.