The American Cancer Society (ACS) Making Strides Against Breast Cancer invited me to attend the annual kickstart breakfast to meet other supporters of the cause and get motivated to raise more to end the disease. To start the breakfast all the survivors were given a candle lit pink cupcake to blow out s a symbol of having more birthdays to celebrate. I have to say it was a beautiful sight. There were moments where I was moved to tears.
Later on, various women and men spoke up about their relationship to the disease. The women who spoke were survivors of the breast cancer. They each shared how wonderful ACS and other supporters were and are to them throughout their journey into recovery. One women shared how she struggled with not wanting to be weak in front of the people she knew so calling the ACS 24/7 hotline to vent about how she feels. Another women spoke about being struck twice with the disease in 1990 and then years later, and how ACS was there for her both times. A man spoke about being just a teenager when his mother and grandmother were diagnosed. To lighten the mood, the host threw in some antidotal comments that helped tie the event together.
While concluding the event ACS presented us with a brief video about the ongoing cancer awareness advocacy movement called “Put the Power of the Purse Behind Research.” The movement is to promote research funded by the government by gathering supporters to tell Congress how important it is for the government to not sit on its wallet while so much can be done to save the lives of so many.