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Friday, October 01, 2010

Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Remember when I told you all about my love affair with John S. Barrowman.  Well, that was part of pulling a John.C. Mayer and screwing with the internet and google.  This time, Aunt Becky is rallying her Pranksters and asking us to join her in pulling a The David Cook for charity.  Basically, pulling a The David Cook for charity is the same as pulling a John C. Mayer but it's for good not eeeeeevil.  We're using the fun ability to screw with google to promote one or more worthy charities.

I know just about everyone out there has heard of Susan G. Komen for the Cure (and I mentioned them in a post here).  What many of you may not realize is that Susan G. Komen for the Cure started out as the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.  It was founded in 1982 by Nancy G. Brinker, Susan's younger sister, because she felt her sister's life might have been saved if more had been know about breast cancer.  In 2007 on the 25th anniversary of it's founding, the name was officially changed to Susan G. Komen for the Cure and since then it is often referred to as simply Komen.  In it's relatively short life of only 28 years, Susan G. Komen for the Cure has raised $1.5 billion for the fight against breast cancer.  Everyone (at least those who don't live under a rock) has heard of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure which is probably the best know fundraiser sponsored by Susan G. Komen for the Cure but I bet most of you didn't know you can sign up to Sleep in for the Cure and just snooze away on the morning of the 5K Race for the Cure and still raise money.  I'm not sure that is available at all sites but I know the Komen NC Triangle affiliate offers this option.  Komen offers many other ways  to raise money too.  You can go Passionately Pink for the Cure.  All that requires is gathering a group of friends, wearing pink, doing something together, and raising money.  You can donate to Susan G. Komen for the Cure by donating online or by texting.  If you are more ambitious, not less, you could participate in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure which i a 3 day, 60 mile event or the Susan G. Komen Marathon for the Cure.  No matter what your proclivities or inclinations, there is a way you can help.  And, you should help Komen because every single one of you either is or has a mother, daughter, sister, or friend who is a woman and that means EVERY single one of you could be affected by this disease.

My bear named Susan G. Komen of Susan G. Komen for the Cure
While I've told you all about Komen, I haven't told you why it is so very important to me.  Years ago, my baby sister went through a breast cancer scare.  Thank God it turned out to be nothing.  However, for two dear friends of mine, it wasn't just a scare.  Monica Mingo of Rantings of a Creole Princess is a long term breast cancer survivor.  Her breast cancer was found when she was in her early 20s.  By that time, Komen had been spearheading efforts to find the cure for over a decade.  Without Komen's efforts, the treatments that cured her cancer might not have been available.  Much more recently, a dear cross stitch friend, Mary, had her own fight against breast cancer.  I know without a doubt that Mary's fight was aided by treatments that were discovered with funds from Komen.  Without the efforts of this wonderful organization founded by Nancy G. Brinker, I might have never had the chance to befriend Monica (otherwise known to my kids as T-Monnie) and my friendship with Mary might have been cut tragically short.  So, that's why Komen has my undying gratitude and support.

Now, head on over to Aunt Becky's and join all the pranksters in pulling a The David Cook for charity.  Go on.  You know you wanna.  How often do you get to screw with the internet and help out a good cause at the same time.  SO GO ALREADY! (this link tells you about it) 

Also, CHECK OUT ALL THE GREAT EFFORTS ALREADY! (this link shows who is participating)
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And please, please, please comment and use either Susan G. Komen for the Cure or Komen in your comment.  If you know how to make it a link (instructions here), that's even better.

4 comments:

jana said...

Fabulous job pulling a The David Cook on the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization! Rock on, fellow Prankster!

Becky Mochaface said...

Thanks for pulling a The David Cook on Susan G. Komen for the Cure. I had no idea about the Sleep In for the Cure. I may have to sign up next time. Thanks for sharing!

Aunt Becky said...

Pulling a The David Cook for Susan G Komen for the cure is FULL of the awesome. NICE ONE!

Tracy said...

I'm all for myself and The David Cook could totally rock the Sleep in for the Cure!