Racing for the Cure

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Last February, I received the devastating news that 200,000 other Americans received last year: I had breast cancer. It was the start of a difficult time, to be sure. Treatments were long, tiring and painful. I would never wish cancer or chemotherapy on anyone.


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But having cancer, like many tough passages in life, also came with blessings. Cancer strengthened my faith. Cancer strengthened my family. Cancer gave me a renewed determination to make the most of my life.

There are seasons in a woman’s life that make us re-evaluate our priorities and take stock of what’s truly precious. These seasons don’t always cause us to reinvent ourselves, but they do strip us down to our very essence and force us to embrace what is revealed.

Facing one’s mortality – and winning – is one of those seasons.

During my battle with cancer, I was touched by the kindness of many strangers. I met many inspiring people who have survived cancer and have rededicated themselves to a meaningful life afterward.

Now that I have joined the ranks of our country’s 2.5 million breast cancer survivors, I have the opportunity to pay that inspiration and kindness forward.

That’s why I’m today launching the Carly for California Team to help raise funds for the Susan G. Komen 2010 Sacramento Race for the Cure on May 8.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure was founded in 1982 by Nancy Brinker in fulfillment of her promise to her sister, Susan, that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. Today, Komen for the Cure boasts a network of more than 100,000 volunteers, survivors and activists in 125 countries around the world fighting together to find a cure for breast cancer, improve the quality of patient care and save lives.

Through events like the Sacramento Race for the Cure, the foundation has invested nearly $1 billion to that mission. In the Sacramento Valley region alone, Komen for the Cure has awarded grants totaling more than $6.8 million to fund innovative local outreach and awareness programs for medically underserved communities.

Thanks to improved early detection and life-saving medical advances funded by organizations like Komen for the Cure, thousands of women like me have the opportunity to share our stories and, hopefully, to pass on the hope and kindness others shared with us during our most difficult days.

Frank and I are honored to join them in this effort not only by building the Carly for California Team but also by contributing to one of the Foundation’s new and important programs, the Circle of Promise. This movement focuses specifically on prevention efforts among African American women for whom the death rate from breast cancer is 37 percent higher than for other populations.

I know what it is to be afraid. But I also know what it is to conquer my fears. That’s an empowering experience women around the globe who have fought this disease share. By working together, we can help make a difference and save lives.

To join the Carly for California Team or to make a donation to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, please visit www.CarlyForCA.com/cure.

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