Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Race for the Cure....

I'm not certain if all of you know this, but I am a 12 year Breast Cancer Survivor. Had a double mastectomy. 8 months of chemo. 32 rounds of radiation. It spread to my lymph nodes.

Lost all my hair (was totally aero-dynamic for one entire summer!) and had 9 operations in a year.

Yadda yadda yadda.

Everyone said "Oh, you're so brave" or " you are so strong" which I really didn't understand.

What were the alternatives.

The ones who deserved the praise were the ones who supported me then and continue to support me now.

One of these is my daughter April and her family. For the past 7 years, every October, she and Chris, Alyssa and Emily walk for me.

And you.

And "our" daughters, mothers and sisters.

Every year, it is part of my birthday present from her family to me - to walk in my honor, in my Mother's and Grandmother's honor.

Every year the bank she works for "matches" her donation efforts dollar-for-dollar.

She asked if I'd be comfortable putting this out on my blog for your consideration.

Am I comfortable? I am PROUD. Proud of her, her dedication the children's love and her husband's support for this cause.

I am including a link to the Koman's site where you could, if the spirit moves you, donate any amount. We never know if it's our "dollar" that was the final dollar needed for that study..or if it get the scientists one dollar closer to a break-through.

So, yes April, I am comfortable and very very proud to include your request here.

And I love you.

And I don't want you, your sister or any of my granddaughters, any of my blogging friends, both known and unknown, not one more woman (or man) to ever have to accept the compliment

"Oh, you're doing so good............... for having cancer!"

I love you,


I AM - raising money to cure breast cancer.

Did you know that one in eight women will be stricken with breast cancer in her lifetime? This fact has convinced me that I need to get involved and help in the fight to eradicate breast cancer.
I have recently accepted the challenge to raise funds for the 2008 Komen Denver Race for the Cure. Seventy-five percent (75%) of the funds I raise will be used for breast cancer education, screening and treatment programs in the Denver community. Twenty-five percent (25%) of the money I raise will be used for national research to find a cure for breast cancer.
A cure for breast cancer will be found, but in the meantime, many people need our help.

Fifty-five thousand (55,000) women in the Denver metro area are without access to mammograms. Twenty and one-half percent (20.5%) of Coloradoans lack basic health insurance.
Please join me in the fight against breast cancer by contributing to the 2008 Denver Race for the Cure.

Your tax-deductible contribution will fund outreach and awareness programs for the medically under served in the Denver community. Your donation will also insure that national breast cancer research continues until the cause for breast cancer is determined.

Every $100 raised helps one woman in the Denver metro area receive a mammogram. A $250 donation will pay for five clinical breast exams, and $1,000 will help pay for one round of chemotherapy drug Taxotere.

It is easy to contribute. You can make a donation on line by simply clicking the link below. If you prefer, you can also send your tax-deductible contribution to the address listed below.
Click here to visit my personal page and pledge your support.

To send a donation:
Komen Denver Race for the Cure 1835 Franklin Street Denver, Colorado 80218 Attn: Pledges


Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Thanks for getting the word out. I have another friend who walks for the cure in Omaha....

Senior Bowler-Carolyn said...

Such a good cause...our Womens Bowling Association is going to have a "BOWL-A- THON" this year for the Susan B Korman foundation in February...I know it will be a huge success....all the money raised will be sent to them...
My daughter was the chair person for the RELAY FOR LIFE for 7 yrs at work and since she is not working here anymore...the BOWL-A-THON is her way of giving back. 4of my husbands 5 sisters have had breast cancer and gone through all you have gone and it it very important to us as a family....

Betty said...

Our city walk is scheduled for October...I'll be there! Thanks for the reminder to everyone about the good donations can do. Love ya.

Irish Cottage Dreams said...

Thank you for posting this.
I hope that we find a cure so my
(& others) daughter doesn't have to
worry about breast cancer in her lifetime.

Go April!!!

Your my hero Colleen!