Race for the Cure – Denver 2010

I walked in Race for the Cure today with one of my dearest friends, Rosie (we were freshman college roommates), her sister Helen, and 2 other friends.  Well, we really walked with thousands of friends if you think about it.  Everyone was there in support of, celebration of or memory of a friend and/or family member.  There were something like 60,000 of us.  Imagine that!  It was a sea of pink.  Really incredible!  There is such power in those numbers.  When people mobilize in those numbers; there is no stopping them; anything is possible.

My husband rode in 2 Charity Cycling events this year, the MS 150, a 150 mile cycling event to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis.  They get a few thousand, maybe 2-3,000.  And he also rode in an event to raise money for Children’s Hospital.  These are great causes.  Worthy of support.  What is it about the Race for the Cure that rallies so many more?

It’s the stats.  We all know someone or even more than one person who has been affected by Breast Cancer.  My friend, Rosie, is a 10 year survivor.  She was diagnosed at 39.  My mom is also a survivor.  In both cases, early detection was a key factor.  1 in 8 will be diagnosed. 

Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure, which is now the world’s largest breast cancer organization and the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer with more than $1.3 billion invested to date.—Taken directly from the Komen website

I don’t know Nancy but she must a force to be reckoned with! She has created this unstoppable organization.  What a leader she has become, unwittingly.  The loss of her sister must have summoned incredible energy and a laser focus to succeed.  I am pretty sure it has not been an easy journey.  Over 20 years now.   There has been amazing progress, but the journey continues for a cure.  I have no doubt that there will be a cure, it’s just a matter of time and a continued focus, dedication, and passion for the mission!

About annspoor
Ann Spoor is the Jerry McGuire to Corporate Executives and Professionals. She is an Executive Talent Agent, Executive Coach, Career Manager, Executive Branding Expert, and Social Media Coach. Ann lives in Denver with her husband Mark and their 2 kids. The Leadership Lattice is an interview series conducted by Ann Spoor CEO & Founder of Executive Lattice. The series focuses on Leadership in the private & public sector. Please subscribe to this blog to follow along in the discussion. www.executivelattice.com

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