October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I know, the month is almost over, but little bit of recognition counts. In my nine-to-five job, I work with men with prostate cancer and women who’ve been recently diagnosed with breast cancer. My job is to enroll my patients on clinical research cancer trials and follow them throughout the course of the study. It seems like on a weekly basis, tears are brought to my eyes by stories of strength, love, triumph and loss. The next few posts are dedicated to bringing breast cancer awareness to you and your loved ones.
During September 18-20th, the Susan G Komen for the Cure Race and Celebration was held in Portland, Oregon. My work (Oregon Health & Science University) had a table at the Convention Center and tissue poms made an appearance!! During the two day event at the Convention Center, my colleagues and I gave out about 7000 grocery bags and brochures.
Their Pink Phone Campaign (@OHSUPinkPhone) made its way across the beautiful state of Oregon. You could listen to personal stories of how breast cancer has effected one’s life or share and record your own story for others to hear.
The Race was on Sunday and my friends and I joined 45,000 other supporters and survivors. It was an exhilarating event. This year was my fourth year doing the race and I am already pumped for next year’s celebration.
Personally, the fight for the cure is everyday. Be aware and keep strong!
(Psst! Come back tomorrow for a lovely Breast Cancer related giveaway!)