10.08.2010

Don't update, Stand up!

Recently there's been an epidemic of seemingly risque Facebook status updates. Women and girls everywhere posting their status as "I like it on the kitchen table" or "I like it in the passenger seat." At first I was a bit confused and kind of disturbed that people would be disclosing this kind of information, but when I found out that these statuses were to raise awareness for breast cancer I literally did a face-palm. Not only did I feel stupid for assuming the posts were regarding people's personal sex lives, but I was also slightly upset that this is ALL people were doing for the cause.

Now, don't get me wrong, I think it's a creative way to create awareness of breast cancer, but what is your Facebook status going to do to FIGHT this cancer that is stealing our wives, mothers, sisters, grandmothers, aunts, cousins, bosses, and girlfriends??? NOTHING. I've seen a few of my friends lose mothers or grand mothers to breast cancer and it is horrifying and heartbreaking. Not only do you know that you could lose your loved one, but you also have to watch as they deteriorate before your eyes.

This is something far bigger than just our Facebook statuses people! Raising awareness is just the tip of the iceberg. People already know it exists. They already know that it's sad and painful. But what are we doing to HELP?

If you want to help, if you feel led to give to those who are helpless against this life-taking cancer then here are a few ways to be sure that your resources are going towards a genuinely life-SAVING cause.

1. Purchase an approved item whose proceeds truthfully go towards a breast cancer foundation, such as the ones Yahoo! Shine posted today. I personally just purchased the Glowology candle and am so excited to have a reminder in my home of the women fighting the battle against breast cancer everyday.

2. Donate to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. You can donate funds, become a breast cancer advocate, participate in a Race for the Cure and so much more!

3. If someone you know has breast cancer or has lost the battle, there are often resources available to donate to a breast cancer charity of their choice. For example, a girl I knew in high school lost her mother to breast cancer only last year. Her mom knew that the cancer would eventually win (after battling it for over 13 years) and decided to make a difference by completing races and marathons to raise money for breast cancer research. Steph Lesiecki's story is extremely powerful and makes me cry when I read of her life to this day. To donate to breast cancer research sponsored by a Rush University Medical Center patient, click here.

Now stop reading this and join the fight! Sign up for a Race for the Cure or spend just a little cash to make a HUGE difference in the lives of the women we love. God bless!!!

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