October is a lot of great things: the beginning of fall, perfect weather just about everywhere, changing leaves, baseball post-season and football, Halloween for those who go in for that sort of thing . . .
October is also National Breast Cancer Awareness month.
And this Saturday, October 4, is the 3rd Annual TBBCF Walk Across Southeastern Connecticut.
TBBCF is the Terri Brodeur Breast Cancer Foundation, named for a young mother of three who was diagnosed with and died of breast cancer. One of the founders of TBBCF was Norma Logan, a friend of Terri’s – and the best friend of our own MartyJoCo – who was chagrined to discover that a large percentage of the money raised by breast cancer organizations was being spent on overhead and administrative costs.
The mission statement of the TBBCF reads:
After Norma started the Foundation, she, too, was diagnosed with breast cancer, and she too died too young, too soon, too tragically.
In 2007, for the 2nd annual walk, Bill and I were out west, and couldn’t be part of the event. MartyJoCo walked it again, though. Of course she did.
And so is our new friend Barbara.
As are 400 other people.
I’m on the Opening and Closing Crew again, but this time I don’t have to be in Old Saybrook by 5 a.m.; I’m on the afternoon shift.
Check out the Foundation's website. It’s full of wonderful information and wonderful people, including, and especially, Terri and Norma.
Read Norma Logan’s promise, check out the community events, watch the photos montage video of last year’s walk . . .
. . . including this photo, which cracks me up.
*..... *..... *..... *..... *..... *
Norma made the important distinction between awareness and research. Pink ribbons everywhere are the wonderful and successful result of breast cancer awareness. But what we need for a cure is research.
It’s the beginning of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Maybe we can begin to call it National Breast Cancer Awareness and Research Month. What better way to celebrate than to add to its success?