Saturday, October 22, 2005

A Click Away From Helping Others


You're a click away from helping another woman receive a free mammogram. This woman could be your coworker, sister, aunt, mother, passing stranger on the street, or friend. Or, she's one to another woman in your life.

Please click on this Pink Ribbon Challenge daily:

As you may know, October 2005 is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Click on this daily, and it helps increase company donations for funding free mammograms to women in need.

They are behind in their goal to help. Every click is tripled in October, and there are only 9 days left. 368 mammograms left to go! And, the goal is 750.

ABOUT THE BREAST CANCER SITE Your click on the "Fund Free Mammograms" button helps fund free mammograms, paid for by site sponsors whose ads appear after you click and provided to women in need through the efforts of the National Breast Cancer Foundation to low-income, inner-city and minority women, whose awareness of breast cancer and opportunity for help is often limited. For info about early detection (from the website), read at the end of this email.

Let's support our fellow women. Many of us know women who have survived, experienced, and/or died from breast cancer. I've always known women all my life who have had breast cancer. Some survived while others eventually died. When I participated in the Revlon Walk few years ago, there were about 8 names on my number card. During the walk, I remembered even more names. There are survivors and fighters amongst us daily.

My dear Aunt Naomi, my father's sister and best friend, was one of the women who fought hard for years and eventually passed away. All my life. during the years I knew her, she had breast cancer. It never defined her or defeated her spirit. Naomi always shone, and she shared and led by example. Over the years, I became a young woman and corresponded with her regularly during her last few years. The night she died, snow began to fall and made the bleak winter landscape so beautiful and shiny. Although her battle was hard-fought with beautiful and difficult moments, she showed great strength and grace. She shed light on blessings in our lives. And, her last moments, although sad for others and peaceful for her, were reflected in the beautiful snow. Her spirit shone on through the falling snowflakes. Let us help others shine on too.

When I click, it's for Aunt Naomi, friends and relatives who have survived, and more importantly, for women who are our mothers, sisters, friends, strangers, acquaintances and so much more.

Let's help the Aunt Naomi's in our and others' lives get free mammograms and education.

Feel free to forward to others. Thank you.



Each year, 182,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer and 43,300 die. One woman in eight either has or will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. In addition, 1,600 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 400 will die this year.

If detected early, the five-year survival rate exceeds 95%. Mammograms are among the best early detection methods, yet 13 million U.S. women 40 years of age or older have never had a mammogram.

The National Cancer Institute and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommend that women in their forties and older have mammograms every one to two years. A complete early detection plan also includes regular clinical breast examinations by a trained medical professional. Monthly breast self-exams are suggested in addition.