Chances are, you’ve noticed that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Pink is popping up everywhere, from NFL uniforms, to yogurt lids, to remind people about the disease that kills 456,000 women each year.
Like 1.6 million other people around the world, I celebrated breast health this year by running in a Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Random House’s Team Promise walked and ran in honor of author Nancy G. Brinker, who founded Susan G. Komen for the Cure—and started the “pink ribbon” movement–in 1982, after her sister, Suzy, died from the disease at age 32. She shares her story in her amazing book Promise Me: How a Sister’s Love Launched the Global Movement to End Breast Cancer.
Central Park, where the New York Race for the Cure takes place, is only a few blocks from home, and one of my favorite places to run in the world (you can’t beat the people-watching!). After running a race there, I always feel energized by the beautiful surroundings and motivated by the crowds of fellow runners around me. But my first Race for the Cure was inspiring on a whole new level. The race was a sea of pink—boas, sequins, statue of liberty headgear, you name it—and surrounded by women (and some men) wearing handwritten signs with the names of the loved ones who were fighting, or had lost, the battle to breast cancer, you couldn’t deny the emotion in the air. Most powerful of all? The breast cancer survivors proudly sporting their telltale pink hats or t-shirts, each a celebration of strength and spirit in the face of an overwhelming diagnosis.
Get involved in Breast Cancer Awareness Month!
- Be proactive about breast health. SGK’s website has amazing resources on understanding breast cancer, with links to information on prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment
- Find a Race for the Cure in your area
- Read Promise Me! I promise you’ll be inspired.