there is a lot of anger and frustration and jealousy out there right now, over all the pink. It is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And Susan G Komen Foundation is simply everywhere. I know you know this. Does it piss you off, get you mad? Does it get you so sick you could puke?
25 years ago, Nancy Brinker lost her sister to breast cancer. She made a promise to her dying sister to do something. She sure as hell did. Congratulations Nancy. You have build an unbelievable organization from scratch. You have funded over $1 BILLION towards curing breast cancer. Truly an American grassroots success story.
My point is this. Misplaced anger will not cure childhood cancer. Jealousy is part of the problem with funding now, why organizations DON'T work. These emotions will get us no where. And believe me, I have every right to be pissed, and I am pissed, just not at Pink.
What we can do is learn. How did she do it? Actually, Sweet Lily's Dad has pointed out that her original model was based on AIDs activists in NYC. She built a group, organized and steered it. And now, has millions of men, women and children supporting her cause. Unreal. So, instead of being angry, I am going to try to learn from them. And, further, what better alignment - Mom's that are already activists and kids fighting for their life's. Each and every Mom and Dad reading this would trade places in a heartbeat, why would breast cancer Mom's be any different?
So, next time you see pink, don't get mad. Check em out. Ask em if they can help. Tell em about PAC2, I have. Actually had some good initial talks with them and will be meeting with them soon......hey, stranger things have happened.
Look here....maybe join up and post your own note - I'm certain you will find others in your area....http://apps.komen.org/forums/tm.aspx?m=257590&high=pediatric
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