By Bill Willard
For my wife, Sue Willard
“Thanks for the Mammories & Sons, Others & Brothers Teams
Breast cancer occurs in both men and women, although male breast cancer is rare. Estimated new cases and deaths from breast cancer in the United States in 2009:
· New cases: 192,370 (female); 1,910 (male).
· Deaths: 40,170 (female); 440 (male).
That further breaks down to 204,999 per year, 17,083 per month, 3,942 per week, 561 per day, 23 per hour, 0 per minute, 0 per second. (Source: SEER 2002 estimate).
Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the National Philanthropic Trust are holding another “Breast Cancer 3-Day” walk in Tampa Bay. Oct 30, 31 and Nov 1, 2009. The Bay Area 3-Day team, “Thanks for the Mammories” and “Sons, Others & Brothers (SOBs!),” will take part in the 3-Day walk again this year.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure is ranked a 4-star (out of 4!) charity by Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent evaluator of charities. Of every dollar raised, 83 cents is used for breast cancer programs. Komen for the Cure is dedicated to curing breast cancer at every stage–from the causes to the cures, to the pain and anxiety of every moment in between.
The Komen foundation is proud to report that every advance in breast cancer research has been funded by dollars raised by events like the Tampa Bay Breast Cancer 3-Day. The successes achieved over the past 26 years are impressive. Did you know, for example, that the five-year survival rate for breast cancer, when caught early is now 98 percent (compared with 74 percent in 1982)? Or that America’s 2.5 million breast cancers survivors in America, the largest group of cancer survivors in the U.S., are living testaments to the power of society and science to save lives?
What We Can Do
We all receive many requests such as this. Helping raise funds for the 3-Day walk and Susan G. Komen for the Cure is something of which we can all be proud. Last year, the Tampa Bay team raised more than $5 million to help in the fight to end Breast Cancer, forever!
Each walker in the Breast Cancer 3-Day must raise $2,300. The Bay Area team is hosting a Casino Night, September 12, 2009, and is requesting your participation as a sponsor of this event. My bride, Sue, a member of the Bay Area 3-Day team, is participating in her third 3-Day Walk for the Cure. Sue thanks you in advance for your consideration.
To Contribute or for More Information
Visit www.thanksforthemammories3day.com. The 3-Day Web site is: www.the3day.org The Susan G. Komen for the Cure website is: www.komen.org. Your contribution will be recognized by displaying your business’ name on your donated gift.
Bill Willard is a freelance commercial writer in Clearwater FL. A high-impact writer and editor for over 30 years, in addition to his byline pieces, Bill’s beat includes ghostwriting and editing for businesses of all types and sizes, professional practitioners and individuals.