I've been a pink ribbon fan for quite some time, but my interest became personal in 2003 when my paternal aunt, my mom's BFF, died from this horrible disease. She was a healthy woman, running five miles several times a week and focused on healthy eating. The cancer got her anyway, and she found it too late. It metastasized. Before cancer, my Aunt Linda and my mom got together as often as possible, drank wine, vented about their frustrations, and delighted in their shared interests. Friends since they were young children, they'd grown up to marry brothers. They had planned to travel together to the Middle East, where my husband and I were stationed, to experience a different culture and play at the souq with me. That never happened, thanks to cancer. But even when Aunt Linda had lost her hair, even when the tumors in her brain meant she couldn't stand up to try on the saris I sent, she kept her smile and her humor. When she died, my mother was devastated.
My mom's side of the family didn't have a history of breast cancer. Rather, we had fibroids. And every time a lump turned up, it was always benign. Until this summer.
My mom just had a bilateral mastectomy and is looking at the possibility of chemo. This time, her lump was cancer.
I walked in the Breast Cancer 3 Day in 2008 for my Aunt Linda. As soon as I've decided which city is best on next year's schedule, I'll sign up to walk again. I'll participate in just about anything to do with annihilating breast cancer. I have a score to settle with this biatch, and I'll do it by fundraising and walking for the cause. I hope to see some of my fellow authors walking in their cities.
In the meantime, here's one way you can support the fight right now: READ!
The authors - some really great writers of romance and urban fantasy - have created this paranormal romance collection to support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. All proceeds go to BCRF. You get ten great stories to enjoy, and BCRF has the chance to find a cure. We're on the verge of something amazing, y'all. Let's push this bizatch off the cliff!
Penguin also has their second annual Read Pink program. Look for these books, with pink ribbon seals on the covers, to support BCRF and the great work they do.