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October 20, 2009 - Kim Collette
How has breast cancer touched your lives?  October is now the month of PINK.  It is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Women in the United States get breast cancer more than any other type of cancer except for skin cancer.  According to the American Cancer Society nearly 200,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year alone.  If that isn't staggering enough....close to 40,000 are expected to die.  The good news.....there are nearly 2.5 million breast cancer survivors living in the United States.

My life has been effected by breast cancer. I am proud to say that my mother is a breast cancer survivor.  I am sure that I'm not alone and that many of your lives have been touched too.  Whether it be a mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, friend or neighbor, all of us have probably experienced breast cancer in some way or another.   And, I am sure that everyone is thankful for the support that this disease now receives.  The support ranges anywhere from athletics, to clothing to candy.

The NFL designated games from October 5-October 27 as breast cancer awareness.  Just turning on an NFL game this month you can see the support.  The players have pink wristbands and shoes.  Coaches are wearing pink ribbon pins and hats with pink bills.  The NFL referee's association donated $14,000 to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure.  EA Sports is selling Madden NFL '09 Pink at Target stores in October with the proceeds going to the Deanna Favre HOPE foundation.

Ralph Lauren has the Pink Pony Collection.  Pink Pony supports programs for early diagnosis, education, treatment and research, and bringing quality cancer care to medically underserved communities.  Ralph Lauren donates 10% of the proceeds from Pink Pony products to the Pink Pony Fund.

Even M&M's have gotten involved.  They have partnered with Susan G. Komen for the Cure to make special editions of their candy favorite.  Pink and white M&M's!  A portion of the proceeds are used for a donation to the foundation.

I am sure there are many more supporters of breast cancer that could be added to the 3 that I mentioned above.  But, I just wanted to make sure we all do our part in supporting breast cancer.  You never know when it will effect your life.

I want to end this blog with a link to a very inspirational speech.  If you or anyone you love is fighting cancer or is a survivor cancer,  you should see Jim Valvano's speech at ESPN's Espy Awards. by his powerful words....

"Don't Give Up....DON'T EVER GIVE UP!"

Until next time friends!


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