Dear Graceful Mothers –
I want to urge you to consider where you are putting your donation $ when it comes to Cancer, especially breast cancer. As a Breast Cancer survivor I feel I have the right to speak on this topic, in addition I have worked in Oncology and Diagnostics for over 17 years.
In 2012 Mothers Grace has supported over 20 mothers with breast cancer, that is a staggering amount for a small charity such as ours. These are young Moms under the age of 50 with small children at home, several of them hold full-time jobs and many of them have no Husband at home to help. Fifty percent of these mom’s have Metastatic Breast Cancer and are terminal. The Metastatic Moms are on chemo weekly until their bodies can no longer handle the strain. They are trying to create memories with their families all while being sick, tired and depressed. I believe my life was saved from a drug called Herceptin, it is a molecular chemo created by Dennis Slamon out of UCLA who got funding not from KOMEN but a private group out of Hollywood who had the passion to bring it to life. Since 2006 Komen has spent $13 million on average per year on metastatic research. According to their annual report, their net revenues in 2011 were $439 million. That means that for every dollar Komen organization raises, less than 3 cents goes towards finding a cure. I feel sorry for all those people walking mile after mile thinking they are actually getting us closer to a cure. What a waste of time and what a waste of money. Sure, you’ve generated awareness over the last 3 decades, but that is doing nothing for the 30,000 Moms dying of breast cancer yearly! How much more awareness can we have? Yogurt lids, York Peppermint Patty wrappers, pens, teeshirts, dog food, I mean how many of you are not thinking of pink puke ribbons in October?.
I urge all of you…… instead of filling out your pink forms for walking for a cure (false advertising) help a Mom in need who has cancer, and especially Metastatic Cancer. Give to organizations that fund research (Stand up to Cancer) and ones like Mothers Grace who will actually support the Mom with cancer.
“Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your hearts to love them. So, spread your love everywhere you go”.