By Courtney Mata |Staff Writer|
“Save the TaTas!” “Find a cure!”
These phrases explode during the month of October and it is these same phrases that can inspire people to join together for Breast Cancer Awareness month.
One woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every two minutes and one woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes in the U.S., according to the Susan G. Komen fact sheet.
During the month of October, the color pink decorates many businesses and there are several organizations that flaunt the color in support of breast cancer awareness.
Breast cancer is ugly and unfortunately, it is a battle that many have to face.
Every year, Susan G. Komen holds a “Race for the Cure,” in which the organization raises money for breast cancer research.
This year, the Inland Empire Susan G. Komen foundation held its race in Temecula on Oct. 20.
Student intern for Susan G. Komen, Marissa Graham, has worked for the foundation for five months and has enjoyed help organize events and raise money for breast cancer awareness.
“Komen started with a promise between two sisters to end breast cancer and I am proud to work towards that promise,” said Graham.
Graham is passionate about the fight to end breast cancer and working with the Susan G. Komen foundation has given her great experience in the work field.
The organization raises millions every year where thousands of participants race or volunteer for the event.
Graham said, “Susan G. Komen gives a certain amount of money to organizations, like Michelle’s Place and those organizations donate money to single mothers struggling with breast cancer and help the mothers pay bills.”
Susan G. Komen gets the majority of its funding from their annual Race for Cure.
This year, I participated in the race and let me tell you, it was awesome!
You can feel the emotion from everyone participating, it has really positive vibes at the race.
The race is a 5k and you can choose whether to walk or run. It cost $35 to participate in the run but all of proceeds goes towards Susan G. Komen foundation.
The ladies of Zeta Tau Alpha (ZTA) sorority on campus participate in the race every year.
“I normally do not participate in the races, but I volunteer at the survivor booth and it is pretty inspiring. I love seeing their happy faces and I am proud that I help by raising money for breast cancer,” said ZTA President Tiffany Anderson.
ZTA supported the local Susan G. Komen foundation by using their “Think Pink” week to help raise money for breast cancer by giving out ribbons to students.
“Our philanthropy is breast cancer education and awareness, so we always attend the raises and help out,” said Anderson.
The race is more then just a running competition, it is about supporting individuals affected by breast cancer and helping raise money for research.
Now, when I hear the phrases, “Save the TaTas” or “Find a Cure” I feel inspired knowing that I helped find a cure.