Saturday, October 6, 2012

Breast Cancer Awareness--Local Support

If you live in my area, I invite you to this exciting event!

This month many organizations are seeking your support for breast cancer awareness, support, and research.  A lot of these organizations are national ones--with nation wide advertising campaigns and fundraisers, and sometimes you may not be sure where your money is actually going.  I encourage you to do some research before you contribute, and I also encourage you to look for local organizations that are raising money this month for their breast cancer related services.  Many local organizations have no paid employees, and they rely completely on donations.

The Women First Resource Center (WFRC) in Tupelo is one such organization.  It is run by breast cancer survivors, and they offer a variety of services to breast cancer patients and survivors in our town.  These services include:  casseroles for women to take home after receiving chemotherapy, wigs, hats, and scarves, bras and protheses, pillows and drain bag holders, snacks for chemotherapy patients and their families while receiving treatment, and monthly support group meetings.  Places like WRFC are so thankful for your donations of time, money or services during the month of October.  If you feel compelled to contribute something during October in honor of or in memory of someone you love who has been affected by breast cancer, I encourage you to seek out a place that benefits people in your own town.

I will not be able to attend the WOD (Workout of the Day) for the Cure, sponsored by CrossFit Tupelo, because it is the day after my surgery--however, Heather, Lynn, and I are having a sewing day soon to sew pillows (used for comfort after a mastectomy) and drain bag holders (used after mastectomy and reconstruction surgery).  We will be donating these pillows and holders to the WFRC as well as the Breast Care Center, both here in Tupelo.  I am so happy to be able to do something to help other breast cancer patients.  Jimmy and the children will be attending the WOD for the Cure, and I know that it will be a successful fundraising event.

If you are planning to do something locally to support breast cancer awareness or support in your area, please leave a comment describing what you are doing.  We can all benefit from sharing ideas!

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