Know your girls and join the fight!

PhotobucketI know it’s off topic, but can we talk about the girls for a second?

According the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF), one in nine Canadian women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. I am quite certain the American statistics are not that far off. There’s 10 of us Ladies… and so many more of you. I don’t know about you but I don’t like those odds at all.

October is generally known as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. But for many individuals, the awareness isn’t limited to a month – it’s a 365-days-a-year affair, particularly for those who fight the disease, who have survived, and who are advocating and raising funds for better research, education and resources.

I started participating in CBCF’s Run for the Cure for two reasons: because my great-aunt is a survivor, and for my friend whose mom endured two mastectomies. I’m a terrible runner, so I usually walk the 5K. This year will be special because I’ve convinced my son to participate with me. We had a talk one night about cancer and the people we know who have been affected by it. His solemn conclusion: “I hate cancer.” Strong words from that eight-year-old, I assure you.

We tip our ball caps to the athletes that do their best to help raise funds and awareness, particularly those of the WNBA and Major League Baseball.

But ladies, we need to take matters into our own hands. Literally. Get to know your girls. Knowing your body and taking care of yourself is your best defense. Want to do more? Walk, run, volunteer or sponsor a friend participating in the upcoming CIBC Run for the Cure. In the U.S., get involved in your local Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure or visit their advocacy page to learn how you can make your voice heard.

OK, PSA over! We now return you to your regularly scheduled hotness (except A-Rod, sporting the most bizarre expression ever here)

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Ah, but it’s for a good cause. Let’s go easy on him.

2 thoughts on “Know your girls and join the fight!

  1. Well said. Seriously, I cannot stress enough the importance of self-exams. Shortly after HS a friend of mine found a lump. Thankfully, it was benign, but it really emphasized for me that you are never too young to get breast cancer.

  2. I’m happy to say that my grandmother is a 15-year survivor of breast cancer. Not happy that she had cancer to begin with, but grateful that she came out of it okay.

    And…oh Jeter, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

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