Our breasts are a large part of our identity as women. As adolescents, we eagerly awaited the arrival of our "boobies". As young adults some of us spent much time showing them off to their best advantage. As we matured, we used them to nourish our babies. Even in middle age, a "nice rack" can turn heads. Unlike other forms of cancer whose ravages may not be obvious, the loss of our breasts is something that has no parallel as far as the impact it has on life and sense of self as a woman
One of the reasons I chose Sustain-Inspire-Survive (SIS) as a co-beneficiary for this event (beside the fact that they are amazing people) is that they take it a step further. Most breast cancer charities are focused on finding a cure and raising awareness since early detection is critical to survival. Fewer are focused on making a difference for women who are fighting for their lives. SIS provides services for women battling breast cancer. These services are basic, everyday-life services that might fall by the wayside. They provide these services based upon financial need, making a difference for the women who need it most.
I am honored to be able to support this organization and the wonderful work they do. And they do it not for public acclaim, but to truly make a difference. I have much respect for the large, high profile charities. But I recognize that there are so many smaller, grass roots organizations that get put to the side by some in favor of the "big, shiny" charities.
I am excited to be working with SIS as I look forward to walking that 39 miles in October with my team mates. I thank you all for your support and encouragement and hope to see you on 8/25 at One Restaurant and UltraLounge, where The Password is Hope.