BENEFITING: Susan G. Komen Orange County
ORGANIZER: Susan G. Komen Orange County
EVENT DATE: May 07, 2016
As a preface, this was very difficult for me to write because I had to tear open old wounds in order to make it meaningful.
If you are reading this, you might have known my mother, Kathie Kochis Herrmann. Consider yourself lucky, because she was truly one of a kind, or so I’ve heard. I personally don’t remember too much about her, but what I do remember is the warmth of her love and the extent to which she cared for me; so to be honest I’m quite jealous if you did know her. I never got to know her because breast cancer claimed her when I was only eight years old. People who knew her tell me all the time about how wonderful and amazing she was, and hearing those things makes me proud to be her son. One thing in particular that I want to share, is that when she passed away, all of her friends fought over who was to be recognized as her best friend. That brief anecdote gives an idea of how much she touched the lives of those around her, and how many people were affected by her loss. This is just one case of loss from breast cancer.
12% of women in the United States are going to develop invasive breast cancer, which translates to 1 in 8 of the women in this country. That is just not acceptable. We can’t just sit here idly by while families get torn apart like mine did by some malignant tumor. If you are receiving this letter, it is because you meant something to my mother, and she meant something to you. I strongly urge you to come to the Pink Tie Ball, in honor of Kathie Herrmann.