Tomorrow marks the 16th year I’ve done the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in NYC’s Central Park. As longtime readers of this blog know, I walk in memory of my beloved mom who lost her battle at age 57.
I’ve recently been reminded just how many lives this disease continues to affect – and how important it is to continue the fight.
Yesterday, when I mentioned the walk on Twitter, two new friends shared they both lost their moms to breast cancer as well (one, when her mom was just 50). Through work, I recently connected with a brave woman who has been diagnosed with stage four metastatic breast cancer.
“I am living with the knowledge that I am dying,” she told me, “And that treatments will give me more time but not the long life I had hoped for to live with my husband and ten-year-old son.”
30% of breast cancer patients who metastasize, like my mom, face death. That’s why we hear so much about the important of early detection, breast self-exams and mammograms. I am happy to share that this week, I went for my annual mammogram.
Breast cancer doesn’t discriminate. A few weeks ago, PR industry colleague and acquaintance Emily Easter died at age 35, after having been diagnosed at 31. Emily was a vibrant, beloved person and I will be thinking of her as well when I make strides tomorrow.
Thanks to the generosity of family and friends, I’m at 88% of my $1,500 fundraising goal for the American Cancer Society. Hope you’ll click here and support me in the fight to put breast cancer where it belongs – in the past, as something that can no longer take away the people we love.