The entry was written by Randi Rentz, who recenlty participated in an LBBC photoshoot:
I truly believe that life without breast cancer will happen, but how quickly is up to all of us. Are you scratching your head right now with a bit of uncertainty? Well, listen up everybody! We all need to fight the battle today to create a tomorrow that is free from this disease. How can we work together to achieve this goal?
It’s simple and it’s achieved through one word, “giving.” This didn’t hit me until I read the mission of Living Beyond Breast Cancer. “LBBC is dedicated to empowering all women affected by breast cancer to live as long as possible with the best quality of life.” I thought long and hard about this statement and realized that this organization genuinely cares about resources unique to all women affected by breast cancer. The word, “giving,” a verb, may mean many things to many people, but in the breast cancer world, “giving” ensures women that they don’t have to make this journey alone in the “Pink Bubble.”
Without generous donor support, LBBC’s educational programs would not be accessible. Many of their programs are FREE or low in cost, which was very important to me when I was diagnosed in 2008 with DCIS, Stage 1 breast cancer. I was able to connect with many women of various ages and ethnic backgrounds through workshops, written publications and peer-support services. In addition, I was able to share similar experiences, learn, laugh, cry, and create a new definition of “living.” We had an impact on one another, and to this day, I still call many of these women my friends. I am so fortunate that I found this national organization with a staff of devoted and talented individuals.
I found the educational programming to be very instrumental in my healing and recovery. Although I have been cancer-free for almost four years, I still attend conferences and participate in Yoga on the Steps, LBBC’s signature fundraising event. I believe in “giving” back by contributing to the cause. I want to continue to take action to defeat breast cancer, not just by a generous donation, but by working to help people gain access to education, breast cancer screening, and treatment. BUT, I can’t do this alone.
With your help, we can work together to educate others and save lives. Living Beyond Breast cancer continues to serve as a model for other nonprofit organizations by constantly developing new and effective education and support curriculums to meet the needs of the breast cancer community. Through generous donor support, highly specialized publications will continue to remain a top priority to best meet the changing needs of all women affected by breast cancer. It will allow the best and brightest minds to reach more women than ever before.
Unfortunately, breast cancer thrives in a very bad economy. When there is limited “giving” and contributions, it’s easier for breast cancer to continue its deadly toll. Did you know that this disease takes one loved one’s life every 13 minutes here in the United States? I want to be part of the commitment to help expand educational programming, outreach and support services. Don’t you?
By working together, we can come so far. Let’s hope that 2012 will be a year of continued “giving,” commitment and a cure!
If you, like Randi, are interested in making a contribution to help LBBC continue in our mission to empower all women affected by breast cancer to live as long as possible with the best quality of life, visit our website’s donation page to learn more about how your donation will make a difference.