Have you noticed the abundance of the color Pink during the month of October? October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so get ready to see pink and pink ribbons and "Save the Tata's" everywhere you turn. Breast Cancer awareness is important. It's a big deal, in fact, it's a huge deal. Today while attending the Ontario Mills 2nd Annual Pink Walk, I heard some very real statistics. Did you know that 1 in 8 women in the US will get Breast Cancer? 1 in 8 is an astounding number and as much as the color Pink is synonymous with Breast Cancer, so is the name Susan G. Komen.
All funds raised from the event benefit the Susan G. Komen-For the Cure foundation. Ontario Mills, along with more than 180 Simon Malls, The Mills and Premium Outlets nationwide, has already raised $1 million this year in support of Susan G. Komen and the fight against breast cancer.
A little more about Susan G. Komen
Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit outside of the federal government while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Komen has set a Bold Goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026. Since its founding in 1982, Komen has funded more than $956 million in research and provided more than $2.1 billion in funding to screening, education, treatment and psychosocial support programs serving millions of people in more than 30 countries worldwide. Komen was founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life. That promise has become Komen’s promise to all people facing breast cancer. Visit komen.org or call 1-877 GO KOMEN. Connect with us on social at ww5.komen.org/social.
Good music so early in the morning and inspirational speeches were the only way to kick off the walk.
The best part about getting up early and attending a walk for a cause is the amazing, hopeful spirits of everyone there. Every single person there was there for a reason, for a purpose. Being surrounded by survivors, fighters and supporters is an incredible feeling.
The Ontario Mills Mall put on a really fun event. The music, the snacks and treats all added so much fun to the cause. The halfway point had a DJ playing fun music, ladies dancing, face painting, balloons, cotton candy, popcorn, pretzels and those amazing wings as a backdrop for a photo-op.
Hope, a common theme amongst walkers so early in the morning. Breast Cancer is scary and a reality for so many of us. I will take this opportunity to remind you, my readers, to not wait to check your tatas. Self exams and mammograms should not be something pushed off or waited on. The earlier that breast cancer is discovered, the best possible chances for prevention and hopefully successful treatment.
Do your part to support Susan G. Komen and Breast Cancer Awareness. It's simple, join a walk, buy something Pink, lend your support. Every bit adds up to a lot. Let's help Komen reach their goal of reducing current U.S. breast cancer deaths by 50 percent by 2026.