Seeing how it was so close to Halloween, I was going to write about things that go bump in the night. However, October is also Breast Cancer Awareness month, which many of you know is near and dear to my heart … seeing how I’m into my seventeenth year of surviving this crap.
Now, many organizations have harped on October being set aside for Breast Cancer Awareness, and frankly, even to me it can get tiresome. Yes, you can shop for certain items at Kohls Department stores here in the Wisconsin area and they will contribute a percentage to breast cancer. You can participate in the Susan G. Koman Run for the Cure. You can buy pink bagels (or donuts) and feel that a part of your money will be used for this cause.
There are a ton of ways you can help out, and so many of them important and worthwhile. All I can say is, try to be aware of where the money is going. I don’t intend to point fingers, but I’m finding that with a lot of organizations, the money you help raise isn’t necessarily going where you think it is. Yes, there are administrative costs, that’s normal with any organizations, even non-profit ones. But when does it get to the point where it seems like more money is being spent there than it is for helping the community or research to actually find that cure?
When we put together our anthology, Entangled, two years ago, Edie Ramer did quite a bit of research to make sure that any monies we raised through its sale was going where it would be most effective. Last week Misty Evans blogged about the fact that we’re wrapping up the sale of Entangled with the end of this month. We don’t have a final figure yet, but over $14,000 has been contributed to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). Its my understanding (and correct me if I’m wrong, Edie) that nearly all the proceeds are going toward research to find a cure. 😎
I know that I and a few of the MagicalMusings ladies have talked about this anthology and the fact that we’re wrapping it up, ad nauseam, but if you haven’t already, I would strongly urge you to purchase your copy of Entangled before the end of the month. You could ultimately be helping your mother, your grandmother, your sister … hell, even yourself, if a cure is found in the near future.
Thanx for allowing me to ramble on about this cause. If you’ve been unfortunate to experience breast cancer firsthand … whether directly or indirectly, you’ll understand the need and the passion.