Few if any don't know someone who has not been the victim of breast cancer. My life changed dramatically in November of 2016 when I was first diagnosed. I and my two sisters, also breast cancer survivors, have been fortunate as our cancers were detected early on a mammogram before it had a chance to spread. We were also blessed with medical insurance and the financial means to pay for high deductibles and costs not covered by insurance. Many others are not so fortunate. Many have no insurance, many are poor.
1 out of every 7 women in Colorado will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lives, while nationally it's 1 out of every 8. Komen Colorado South serves El Paso, Teller, Pueblo, Otero, Las Animas and Fremont counties. .75 of every dollar donated stays right here in southern Colorado to help the poor pay for their mammograms and treatment even funding transportation in some cases. The remaining .25 goes to research to find the cure.
The vital role that Komen has played in advancing awareness, education, research and patient assistance programs can't be overstated; yet our goals remain. I ask that you honor the people that you know who have suffered or those you remember who have passed and be generous.