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Breast Cancer walk spurs couch potato into action

By Art Rinaman May 11, 2007, 20:12 GMT

As Mother's Day approaches, it is an excellent time to reflect on what our Mothers, Wives, sisters, daughters and entire family mean to us.  

A woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every 3 minutes. Every 13 minutes, the disease claims another life.  This year, more than 200,000 women and men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will lose their lives to the disease.

2007 will be the year that I make my stand and join the fight against Breast Cancer.  My Mother, Mildred, was Breast Cancer survivor for many years but Cancer came back in another form and she passed away in January of 2002, at the age of 81.

Her death has prompted me to get off the couch and train for the upcoming 3 Day walk against Breast Cancer in San Diego, California, on November 9, 10, & 11th, 2007.

I walk for those who have loved and lost and in hope that each step I take brings us one step closer to a cure.  My wish for you all Mother's Day comfort, happiness, and good health.

If you would like to help me in the fight and make a donation, here is my 3 Day website address;  www.the3day.org/sandiego07/arthurrinaman

The Event:  2007 Breast Cancer 3-Day Series

Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever.  In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and launched the global breast cancer movement.

Today, Komen for the Cure is the world's largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures.

Thanks to events like the Komen Race for the Cure® and the Breast Cancer 3-Days, the organization has invested nearly $1 billion to fulfill its promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world.

The Breast Cancer 3-Day is an opportunity to educate tens of thousands of people about breast health, including the importance of early detection. Participants spend months training and raising $2,200 the required fundraising minimum in preparation for the event. Online support and coaches are provided when each participant registers to ensure a safe and memorable experience from start to finish.

The 2007 Breast Cancer 3-Day Series includes events in Boston (August 3-5), Chicago (August 10-12), Cleveland (August 17-19), Twin Cities, Minn. (August 24-26), Seattle (September 7-9), Michigan (September 28-30), Philadelphia (October 5-7), Atlanta (October 12-14), Tampa Bay, Fla. (October 19-21), Dallas/Ft. Worth (October 26-28), Arizona (November 2-4), and San Diego (November 9-11)

For the event, participants travel an average of 20 miles a day during each Breast Cancer 3-Day, raising awareness for breast cancer throughout the streets. All participants are provided meals, snacks, liquids, mobile showers, tents, safety guidelines, and 24-hour medical support. The events generate millions of dollars to fund critical breast cancer research and community outreach programs. Many people choose to travel outside of their hometown with a group of friends or family members to make the journey even more meaningful.

Proceeds from the Breast Cancer 3-Day are used for breast cancer research and community outreach programs. As the primary beneficiary of the Breast Cancer 3-Day, Susan G. Komen for the Cure receives 85 percent of net proceeds and the remaining 15 percent goes to the National Philanthropic Trust Breast Cancer Fund. For more information about Komen for the Cure, breast health or breast cancer, visit komen.org or call 1-800 I'M AWARE



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