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Monday, October 17, 2011

Pause for the Cause

While this post is relatively non-sequitur for this blog's typical coverage, I'm using my internet real estate to hopefully bring attention and/or funding to a cause about which I feel strongly.

I lost my friend Karen last summer to ovarian cancer. Several months later, due in no small part to Karen's partner, Beth, the inaugural Athena's Run took place in Tanglewood Park in Clemmons, NC. My wife and I participated last year, and unfortunately, due to our schedule, we are unable to walk/run this year. However, Karen's Krusaders will still be going strong and I am still fundraising on their behalf and in Karen's memory. I'd love it if you would click here and consider donating.

Gynecological cancers are a subset of cancer that includes ovarian cancer, cervical cancer, and uterine cancer, among others. According to the Athena's Run site, a woman in this country is diagnosed every seven minutes, and sadly, 28,000 lose their battle each year. Athena's Run, now in its second year, raises funds for GYN cancer research through the Forsyth Medical Center.

Please don't misconstrue what I am about to say next, because I believe we should continue the fight towards the eradication of ALL cancers. Breast cancer awareness is well marketed. The color pink has become synonymous with the cause, and particularly now, during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, is ubiquitous, found everywhere from your local stores to NFL players on Sundays. I do believe that this level of awareness does help the cause of all cancers, but it is worth noting that GYN cancers, which similarly affect our mothers, sisters, wives, daughters, and friends are not nearly as well known. There's no catchy slogan (my working rallying cry is Save the Hoohas) and you'd be hard-pressed to find much in teal, the color of GYN cancer awareness. I hope that if you don't have the funds for the cause, you can at least join me in raising awareness.

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