As a breast cancer survivor I wanted to explain why I continue to support Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Please also note: I am writing this blog post on my own and from my heart. I have no affiliation with the organization except for occasional volunteer and annual walker in Race for the Cure.
In the wake of the decision to not support Planned Parenthood and reversal of the decision 3 days later, Susan G. Komen for the Cure is finding their fundraising efforts a bit lackluster. The Houston Chronicle today published an article about these efforts which motivated me to write this post.
Update: October 4, 2012, Houston Chronicle encourages people to sign up for this Saturday’s race – it’s not too late!
I, like everyone else, evaluated whether to continue to give funds to this charity. It did not take me long to remind myself of why I support them.
According to Amb. Nancy Brinker there are over 2.5 million breast cancer survivors and Susan G. Komen for the Cure has been the largest supporter of research in the field. Amb. Brinker’s short message is probably the strongest and most precise reason to continue support.
We all make mistakes. So Komen made one, admitted it and reversed a bad decision. Do not compound things by moving your support to other charities. And if you have removed your support, do what Komen did and reverse your decision. You are only hurting the survival rate of your fellow woman and man (yes man) by moving support.
Why did Nancy Brinker make a promise to her dying sister? So others do not lose a sister or a loved one as she did. I know I thank Susan G. Komen for the Cure, for it is very possible I would not be here today without the support this organization gave to research around the globe.
Plain and simple – your money saves lives.
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