BENEFITING: The Breast Cancer Research Foundation
ORGANIZER: The Breast Cancer Research Foundation
EVENT DATE: Nov 03, 2013
For all of those who know me, you'll know my story and why I'm running. For those of you who don't, it's simple: 2 1/2 years ago, I lost my my mom to breast cancer. She was my mentor, my hero, the rock of our family, and my very best friend. I miss her every day, and I say with absolute confidences—she would most certainly would not approve of my running 26.2 miles in one go ("Oh Sabrina, I don't know why you do these things. I guess you just like living on the edge.").
In addition to running in honor of my mom, I'm also running because I believe in the mission and the work of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. And I'm not just saying that because I work there (though the reasons for running with our marathon team are the same reasons why I chose to join their leadership team). I have experienced first-hand the impact research has on everday lives. By the time by mom was diagnosed, her cancer had already metastaticized to Stage IV. 20 years ago, that kind of news would have been an immediate death sentence. And while we knew the prognosis was grim—"uncurable"—my family was still able to celebrate three more of mom's birthdays, three more Thanksgivings, and three more Christmases (her favorite). Throughout the journey, we learned that there was no such thing as "bad news." Just "news" and "good news." And each time we received the good news—"your cancer is in remission", "we've stabilized the growth", "you don't have to come back for at least two months"—I knew it was because of research.
You see, it's research that gives someone's mom the opportunity to try a new drug when the last treatment stops working. It's research that assures families they can still plan that Christmas vacation, even if it's still eleven months away. And it's research that gives a daughter at least a little bit of hope knowing that her chances of being diagnosed with breast cancer are no greater than anyone else's since we know her mom didn't have the "genetic kind."
So help me keep up the research work that The Breast Cancer Research Foundation funds, and together, we can both feel good that someday, someone else's daughter might not have to lose her mom, even if the "news" comes seemingly too late in the game.
The Breast Cancer Research Foundation® is an independent 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization whose mission is to achieve prevention and a cure for breast cancer in our lifetime by providing critical funding for innovative clinical and translational research at leading medical centers worldwide, and increasing public awareness about good breast health.