October is Breast Cancer awareness month, a cause that is near and dear to me, as breast cancer has hit very close to home. Both of my grandmothers had breast cancer, one survived, one did not and died far too early at the age of 70, after a very hard battle with the disease. Breast cancer is a terrible disease and I hate it, but there is hope! A diagnosis of breast cancer is not necessarily a death sentence now, as Ford Warriors in Pink are living and breathing evidence of.
You may not know it, but Ford has been a champion of breast cancer awareness for almost two decades! In that time Ford has dedicated over $115 million to the breast cancer cause. This year Ford chose 11 women and men (yes, men can get breast cancer too!) to be Warriors in Pink, role models who have demonstrated strength and courage in their battle with cancer. This group of brave men and women are the stars of of Ford’s first ever produced documentary “Bang the Drum: Living Out Loud in the Face of Breast Cancer”, which features their stories. You can watch the video below… be sure you have a tissue handy. These warriors are truly inspiring!
I can only imagine what my Nana could have shared with her grandchildren if she had won her battle with cancer, but she never had the chance to meet them. If I could have one more conversation with her there are so many things that I would ask her… things I never thought to ask when I was younger and she was alive. She waged a good fight, and it was a long one. She and my other grandmother (she fought and won her battle with cancer before I was born, but lost both breasts) are two of the bravest women I have known. They were both warriors at that time, and their legacies have made me so much more aware of the reality of the disease and my responsibility to take care of myself and conduct regular self exams. I’ll soon be getting my first mammogram.
I applaud Ford and Ford Warriors in Pink for doing all that they are to bring further awareness and funding to the breast cancer cause. As individuals there is a lot that we can do to bring awareness. We can walk, we can run, or we can wear the pink ribbon. Ford is giving us another way to raise awareness… Warrior Wear! When you buy Warriors in Pink apparel at Fordcares.com 100% of the net proceeds will go directly to support breast cancer awareness all year long! Here are a few of my favorite products:
Aren’t those beautiful? I am in love with that scarf! The bright colors can’t help but spark hope in your heart. What a great way to contribute to raising breast cancer awareness… you get to help raise money and look fabulous at the same time!
I would venture to guess that all of you, like I, have been touched by breast cancer in one way or another.
Tell me, how have you been affected by this disease?