Raising it for a cure
Many area fundraisers earn cold, hard cash for Awareness
When it comes to fund-raising efforts for breast cancer causes, it’s the passion, the sisterhood, the tireless efforts and the pink tidal wave that seems to push millions of volunteers into action.
There’s the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, which has raised about $400 million and has about seven million walkers in its events.
In the Greater Philadelphia region, the Susan G. Komen is well known for its fundraising efforts. Many Montgomery County residents participate in the annual Three-Day, a walk that has raised $600 million for the cause since its inception in 2003.
The Philadelphia walk is scheduled for Oct. 14 to 16. Each local participant pledges to raise at least $2,300. They each walk in the 60-mile, three-day event. Both men and women are involved.
There’s the National Breast Cancer Foundation, which was founded by Janelle Hail 30 years ago. Diagnosed with breast cancer in her early 30s, Hail had a mastectomy at 34. There was not nearly as much information available then. “Every word beyond, ‘You have breast cancer,’ was a blur,” she said.
Hail had three young sons, and she was terrified.
She later fulfilled her dream of helping others – in millions of ways. Donations to the NBCF’s Pink Ribbon Challenge go to programs that benefit women: namely free mammograms at hospitals, clinics, missions and mobile clinics.
Radio listeners participate in the Pink Ribbon Challenge by going to their station’s website during October and clicking on the pink ribbon to give to the cause.
The PA Breast Cancer Coalition works with a network of grassroots partners. “This elite group of volunteers helps to raise awareness and donations… in every corner of the state in every way imaginable,” said Pat-Halpin-Murphy, president and founder of the coalition. She said many people know someone who has been affected by the disease. “Because of this, they are driven to fight and help find a cure for breast cancer now so our daughters won’t have to.”