Every year around this time, I get an email from a good friend of mine. For at least the past three years my friend, her brother, and her brother’s girlfriend have formed their own team for Susan G. Komen’s Race for the Cure 5K. While it would be nice to say they are doing it only for the cause, they run this 5K together for my friend’s mother whose life was taken from having breast cancer.
Every year the three of them have fundraisers. When I lived next door to my friend’s brother and his girlfriend I was also able to help in their fundraising events. We baked almost every weekend for bake sales. They host events, raffles, and parties to raise money for the Race for the Cure. Every year, for months, they work so hard to raise as much money as they can for the cause. And in the months they are not hosting events they are planning for the next year. It’s a big deal for them – it makes them feel like they are fighting when their mother could not. Every year I donate to their team; and when I lived closer, I participated in their events.
This year I will have to do things a little differently now that we are no longer neighbors. I will donate money to their team, because it is as important to them this year as any other year. This year I will also be walking in the Susan G. Komen 5K Race for the Cure with a group of co-workers. To me, it’s nice to know that the people I work with take this cause as much to heart as I do…as much as my friend and her brother.
You see on television commercials for the Susan G. Komen 3 Day, which is a 60 mile walk or run over a total of three days. I have also seen commercials for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, which is a 39 mile walk over a period of two days. These walks, whether 3 miles, 40 miles, or 60 miles are a lot of work, and the people who are involved are extremely dedicated. Not everyone can walk in these events, but we can all pitch in.
Let your friends and family know that you are supporting the cause with a Breast Cancer Support Doormat. Let everyone who comes to your house be reminded to do something. If you can’t walk, donate to your friends and family who can (every dollar counts, no donation is ever too small…ever!). If your friends are hosting events, go…go to support them, but also they are usually a lot of fun. See if you can help at their bake sales, or if you are able, donate something they can raffle off at one of their events.
What will you do?