Tuesday, March 13, 2012

RAOK #18 - Ta-Ta's

One of my daughters is a cheerleader.  In her school, cheerleading is serious business.  They practice about as much as the basketball team does, and they perform some pretty amazing stunts.  You might be one of those mean kids who says cheerleading really isn't a sport, but it's hard to argue with their athleticism when you see this: 

(I love my camera.  Aren't those mid-air shots cool??)

The girls have worked hard all year and will culminate their season by competing in "Cheer For A Cure" very soon.

Most of us know someone who has had breast cancer or has recovered from it.  The staggering statistics are that 1 in 8 women will get invasive breast cancer in her lifetime.  So if there are 8 women standing in a circle, statistically one of them is getting it.  This means someone you know!  Someone with parents, siblings, maybe a husband and children who would be lost without her whole and healthy!  My daughter's cheerleading squad has 12 cheerleaders.  One of these fine girls statistically will have breast cancer sometime in her life.  Sobering!!

Women in my life with breast cancer or recovered from it are a neighbor whose little 5 year old went to school with mine; my husband's stepmom; and a longtime girlfriend.  My great-grandma had it as well.  She got it in her '70s and made a full recovery (eventually dying from old age in her early 90's!).  

RAOK# 18 is sort of two-fold.  One, we are supporting Cheer For A Cure with a personal donation. Two, we are inviting you to join us in any amount if you feel led to do so.  They are taking donations until the end of this week.  If you live near us, you can drop it to us or drop it to the daughter's school.  If you are further away, let us know and we'll work something out.

Please note that the intention of my blog is not asking for handouts.  If you are touched and want to donate, then do so.  If this is not where you are in life, that's cool too!  No pressure.

Great strides have been made in the last decade but there is more work to do, more education, and more progress toward a cure! 

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