October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same. We have made a lot of progress but still have a long way to go and they need your help!
While there are heroes all over New England who fight this disease unselfishly and dedicate time and resources to the cause there is still much to be done. The Jimmy Fund Golf program runs over 150 golf tournaments yearly raising millions of dollars annually for The Dana Farber Cancer institute. Golf Fights Cancer was started by Brian Oates and Jay Monahan 2003 after losing a good friend Rob Stevens to cancer that year. This grass route foundation has had a major impact on contributing to both research and treatment throughout New England.
Susan G Komen for the cure is one of the most recognized national foundations started in 1982 by Nancy Brinker. In 1991 she established the pink ribbon as the national symbol for the cause. In 2014 0ver 200 events will be held to raise money to fight breast cancer by the Komen Foundation. In Newton, Massachusetts, The Ellie Fund was founded in 1995 by Jeff and Elliot Popkin who lost their Mom Eleanor Popkin in 1987 to breast cancer. The Elle fund now raises over $500,000 annually supporting more than 500 patients across Massachusetts cope with issues and needs.
Take a moment and embrace your loved ones, your moms your sisters and others, embrace the cause to fight cancer. Pay it forward so we may find a solution to this disease that has taken so many we love.