Friday, November 21, 2008

Young People Making a Difference















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I had a chance to meet with some young women who are doing something to make a difference in the fight against breast cancer. They are the Villanova Students Against Breast Cancer. Earlier this week they invited me(or maybe I invited myself) to join them as they prepared cupcakes for a fund raising event. They made cupcakes in different "bra cup" sizes and sold them on campus. The proceeds of their efforts will go to the Linda Creed Breast Cancer Foundation, a foundation that strives to help women who are uninsured or under insured to get mammograms. The website is http://www.lindacreed.org/.
Margaret Mooney and a friend started the club last year after Margaret's cousin was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer at the age of twenty one.
As we sat and talked, I shared my story of discovery, diagnosis and surgery. I then asked them about their reasons for joining an organization like this; why breast cancer? Sadly, each one of them has a personal story that has brought them to the group. Two young women are the daughters of breast cancer survivors. One young woman lost her aunt last fall to the disease. As she told her story, a tear came to her eye. This is a heartbreaking disease.
It seems that younger and younger women are being diagnosed each year. I don't have the medical data to prove it, but antecdotally it seems to be a trend.
That is why I hope that these young women will continue their good work and that more young women like them continue to join the cause.

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