I was talking with a friend of mine on the phone a few weeks ago. This friend was diagnosed with breast cancer a few years ago and has since beat it. She’s a fighter! And she does it with humor and grace. I don’t know how she does it. She asked if I would focus some attention on the topic this month as October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. It was an easy “of course” and “why haven’t I done this earlier?”
You see, both my grandmothers had breast cancer. My dad’s mom, Helene Aileen McGuire Watson from Brooklyn, New York, was diagnosed when she was 49. The cancer eventually spread throughout her body and after four years she lost the battle. My dad was 13. My mom’s mother, Dorothy Bradshaw from Los Angeles, the sweetest person in the entire world, was diagnosed later in her life and underwent a double mastectomy. She later passed away from unrelated health issues.
Clearly, breast cancer awareness is something close to my heart, which is why I was thrilled when I could partner with Lands’ End. For the second year they are kicking off the Pink Thread Project, a campaign created to help raise awareness and funding for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), to further support the organization’s mission to be the end of breast cancer by advancing the world’s most promising research.