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Breast cancer awareness month

Every year the month of October recognizes breast cancer awareness and dedicates its month to this cause. The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute has the Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers and breast cancer is diagnosed and treated there.

The reason why I bring this is up is because today is national mammography day. All women who are reading this blog post please get screened and encourage the fabulous women in your life to do the same.

Yesterday, I received an e-mail from a person who I work with at Boston University a couple times a semester. Initially, I sent this person an e-mail asking for a donation since I have been working with her for over three years now.  She told me in response to my donation letter that she was diagnosed with breast cancer 18 years ago and is now a breast cancer survivor. She got her treatments at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and now she is healthier than ever. She appreciated what I am doing and thinks I am running for a great cause.

I also know relatives and friend’s parents who had breast cancer or who passed away from this disease. It is a tough battle and that is why every year I try to wear pink at least one day during the month to recognize the importance of breast cancer awareness.

In 2007 and in 2008, I raised over $2,000 each year for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. I dedicated my walking to my best friend’s mother who passed away from breast cancer in 2007.  This walk inspired me to persevere and to live each day to fullest.

Watch the video below and you will have that feeling as well.

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