Monday, May 10, 2010

A Special Day

Race for the Cure has been a part of Mothers' Day Weekend in my family for the past ten years. We always manage to drag ourselves out of bed early, throw on our racing gear, and join in the fun and festivities to raise awareness/support for breast cancer research. It's an enjoyable morning, and I always look forward to it. It's nice to have something positive that relates to breast cancer.

This picture is of me and my lovely sisters, Chelsey (L) and Ashley (R). I love these two women so very much.

Do you notice the 3 survivor shirts in this photo? My grandma (who was apparently talking when this pic was taken), stepmom, and I have all battled the disease. Sweet Hensley Grace was a trooper! She was a happy camper in her stroller.
This year, for the first time ever, I noticed a major thing missing from the race - the push for prevention. Y'all, I am convinced that there are things that women can do to safeguard themselves from this disease. I don't believe that early detection is our only defense against breast cancer. Yes, it is important, but isn't it better to never get the disease at all?

Well, enough of that. I'm not trying to get all political or all-knowing. I just have a heart for keeping young women free of breast cancer. Maybe I'll start my own organization - the Breast Cancer Prevention Foundation. Whadya think?



8 comments:

Jennifer said...

Yes!! I think that's a fabulous idea!!! I'd love to hear about things on how to prevent breast cancer other than just getting mammograms and doing self breast exams. There's gotta be more that we could do to prevent it.

You are an incredibly strong, courageous and beautiful woman from the inside out. You encourage me!

Jeze said...

Yes. Perhaps that is your mission (OK, well, ONE of your missions). :)

Alabamamom said...

I think that it is a most excellent idea. The Lord has given you a passion for this and you have firsthand experience. Go for it!

Anonymous said...

I think your sooooo right, I too believe there are things we can do to prevent this horrible cancer. My husbands cousins wife lost her battle 1 1/2 yrs ago leaving behind to precious girls. I think we need to raise awarness to prevent, go ahead and start your own organization! Maybe God would use your willingnes to help others!!!

Rachel said...

Maybe you could do a post on tips to help prevent it.

Jill said...

Joshua and I ran on Saturday. I added you to my "in celebration of" sign on my back :) I also raced in memory of my grandmother.

Sandy said...

That's a fantastic idea!!! You look fabulous!

Norma said...

Yes! Grand idea! Do it! =o)

Was so hoping I could be there Saturday..but I will be next year! The survivor shirts are pretty! HUGZ