Most of us know someone who has been impacted by breast cancer in some way, whether it’s a friend, co-worker, neighbor, or relative.
Breast cancer hits close to home for me because both of my aunts had breast cancer and so did my mom. My mom detected breast cancer when it was too late and my hope is that there will be a cure for breast cancer found soon.
I also have a close friend whose mom passed away from breast cancer a few years after my mom died. It’s a club of sorts that neither of us ever wanted to be in. She was the one who encouraged me to participate in my first Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K as a tribute to our moms together.
We each had shirts made, but mine was the wrong size, which is why it’s so modified, but the point was that we wanted to do something actionable in our grief. We wanted to support others who were still fighting cancer, and we wanted to honor our moms who had always been such a strong support for each of us.
The experience was both emotional and powerful because it was a visible sign that we weren’t alone and an encouragement that there is so much love and support in our community.
Did you know?
Did you know that breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the US and that 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime?
Look for Valpak in Your Mail
Valpak has joined the community of bold companies that share in the vision of Susan G. Komen for a world without breast cancer. The partnership has been developed to support women and men who have or will develop breast cancer in their lifetime and their loved ones and families.
In 2018, Valpak will donate at least $50,000 to Komen and will encourage donations and support activations through local and corporate partners.
To amplify awareness around this common vision, Valpak will turn its Blue Envelope pink this October during Breast Cancer Awareness Month while also working to raise local awareness within the communities that they serve and funds in support of the fight to end breast cancer.
Volunteer or Participate at a Local Event
You can get involved with the Susan G. Komen foundation by participating in an event, fundraising, volunteering and/or advocating.
You can encourage friends and family to donate and/or find an event near you here.
Join the Valpak team and race for the cure in your community while celebrating survivorship and honoring those who have lost their battle with the disease.
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Race for the Cure: The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® Series is the world’s largest and most successful education and fundraising event for breast cancer ever created.
More Than Pink Walk: A handful of locations across the country were chosen to pilot test a new Susan G. Komen More Than Pink® Walk event, which along with a new name, will include a fresh new look and experience, focused on energizing the community around the lifesaving work Komen’s supporters make possible.
The biggest difference is that the More Than Pink Walk will no longer have a run element. They believe the new walk will create a greater sense of community among participants and provide a more personalized, emotional experience for all who attend. And by focusing on the walk, they can maximize the amount of funds raised by the event to support our work to save lives and end breast cancer.
This change is part of the ongoing evolution of Susan G. Komen and builds on Komen’s successful and engaging More Than Pink brand platform first introduced in 2016 with the premise that if pink = awareness, then More Than Pink = action.
Being More Than Pink is a proactive call to do more in the fight against breast cancer.
MORE for research, MORE for our communities, MORE for caring for those living with breast cancer – especially metastatic breast cancer – and give MORE encouragement to take action to find the cures.
Komen 3-Day:A three-day, 60-mile walk that’s making a real difference in the fight against breast cancer. In 2016, Susan G. Komen® announced a Bold Goal—to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50% in the U.S. by 2026. That’s why we walk, and why we raise money—to make that goal a reality.
Pink is more than just a color; it represents the impact that each person is making in the fight against breast cancer. This impact makes you More Than Pink®. Over the past 15 years and 163 events, the money we’ve raised has been used to help save lives, support community programs, and make huge strides in breast cancer research.
About Susan G. Komen:
Susan G. Komen®’s mission is to save lives by meeting the most critical needs in our communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Valpak. All opinions are my own.