Monday, October 27, 2008

Think Pink

Day 27 - Photo 27. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In 2008, according to the American Cancer Society, 182,460 women in the United States will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer, and 40,480 women will die from the disease.

Patricia Jefferies-McDowall is a survivor, a six year survivor. She credits her survival with early detection and says that her cancer was discovered at its earliest stage during a routine mammogram. Patricia is a full time volunteer with the Susan G. Komen For The Cure and on this day she's on a university campus and manning an information booth and a big pink trailer from "Komen on the Go." She barely has time for my questions as she moves from person to person. "I'm passionate about this and I'm a big advocate of early detection." She waves down a couple of passing students. "Have you visited the trailer yet?" The students shake their heads no. Patricia responds with a commanding presence and the tone of loving mother. "Well you should visit. You should."

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