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Old 10-05-2012   #1 (permalink)
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Please think before you Pink

THINK BEFORE YOU PINK !

As most of you know I am not fond of Pink-tober !

But here is a way you can help some one who has cancer that wont cost you money, you dont even have to buy a pink T-Shirt or coffee cup. AND not just breast cancer - this could help anyone with any type of cancer. I know there are quite a few peeps who have had to deal with cancer themselves or watch a family member suffer.

Take a minute to read a post from a favorite blog of mine.

Breast Cancer? But Doctor....I hate pink!: I am asking for a favor

...and who knows maybe the life you save will be some one in your own family.

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Good job with this thread...there are sooooo many charities and fundraiser where far too much of the funds donated go to window dressing/marketing rather than helping the actual cause.
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Love this Tappy! My cousin's son has a cord blood transfusion when his leukemia relapsed a couple of years ago. He was initially diagnosed on Mother's Day when he was 10 months old. As soon as I could I registered to be a donor. BTW he is now a healthy, happy 5 year old who races atvs and dirt bikes
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Excellent post, Tappy.

When I hear all the hype about pink/breast cancer, I always wonder, "What about all the people out there fighting other cancers?" A very good friend was diagnosed with lung cancer almost 5 years ago. She's not a smoker and she apparently got it from radon in her home; something most people are not aware of, let alone as the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. And did you know that lung cancer kills more women every year than breast cancer?

O.k., I'm stepping off my soapbox now.
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Tappy, Thank you for posting the "I Hate Pink" link. I've never had a diagnosis of cancer of any kind, but my career for the past 14 years has been taking mammograms of quite often scared shitless women (and a few men). I never know what to say, there just isn't a right thing to be said, but I try to to at least be as supportive as I can be.

I HATE KOMEN!!!Actually, I'm fed up with all those programs that pay for women to get screening mammograms and then just STOP. It's like we find cancers, and then tell women "good luck with finding treatment, they don't have 'walks' for that". That's worse to me than not finding it at all. The other thing that Komen has accomplished is making breast cancer a lot of women's ONLY health focus (obsession). AAARRRGH. I'll never tire of trying to get my patients through a difficult time, but I have "pink fatigue".
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I like these guys. BOOBIES RULE!!!

I met them at a trade show last year. Twin boys who's mom is a survivor. They started this company and donate alot of money directly to the cause from sales of their merchandise line.
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Thanks to anyone who signed up for the registery.
It is really easy to do and it may make the difference in the life of someone who has cancer.

And you dont have to wear pink !
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I like these guys. BOOBIES RULE!!!

I met them at a trade show last year. Twin boys who's mom is a survivor. They started this company and donate alot of money directly to the cause from sales of their merchandise line.
I got one of their lanyards in a goodie package after my first surgery !
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OMG tam, i had NO idea!! but now i do and i will not donate any longer...

but i do love the "boobies" idea!!!

you rock!
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While I value your opinion and the blog you shared I think its message is lost in anger by the blogger. Yes it is true that by buying these pink items from stores none of the money goes to help patients. Sadly our country has businesses that thrive on marketing and are making a profit off of situations like this. But don't hate or withhold money from the Komen program as it stands for so much more then meets the eye. Early detection is key to survival and we live in a country where many people put off their health until something is noticeably wrong, sadly by then it is too late. Yes Breast Cancer has become one of the largely known diseases and it over shadows other cancers in the publicity. This is only because of successful marketing strategies by the Susan G. Komen Organization to make the public aware of its nastiness. If other organizations stepped up to the plate I'm sure they can make their organization just as well known.

In short I argue the opinion that "awareness doesn't save lives" and as a medical provider can flat out call that statement a lie. While not all $$ raised goes to actual patients to help with costs, it does provide funding to keep medical programs operating and pass on lower costs to patients.

This of course is my opinion, but as someone who has lost family members from various cancers, and works with cancer patients regularly it is a strong opinion.
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I think you missed the point of why I posted the link.

I have lost friends and family to cancer, and so far I am a cancer survivor. Just hit the one year mark. So yes I have a strong opinion as well.

I dont support SJK for several reasons that I wont go in to. I think my dollars can be better utilized somewhere else. BUT I dont begrudge anyone if that is who they want to give to, nor do I want them to stop giving.

I would like to encourage people to research where and what they want their dollars to go to and to know the organization that they give money to.

BTW ......The reason for the link was to get people to sign up for the bone marrow registry - not argue if we need awarness or bash SJK.

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THINK BEFORE YOU PINK !

As most of you know I am not fond of Pink-tober !

But here is a way you can help some one who has cancer that wont cost you money, you dont even have to buy a pink T-Shirt or coffee cup. AND not just breast cancer - this could help anyone with any type of cancer. I know there are quite a few peeps who have had to deal with cancer themselves or watch a family member suffer.

Take a minute to read a post from a favorite blog of mine.

Breast Cancer? But Doctor....I hate pink!: I am asking for a favor

...and who knows maybe the life you save will be some one in your own family.
Tappy ~ thought of you today and this specific post when I spotted a PINK squash display in our local supermarket that was somehow supposed to make people aware of breast cancer and/or raise money...

I thought the whole idea of connecting breast cancer awareness to selling squash was deplorable.
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Thanks for posting this Tammy. I was quite moved by the blog and video, especially by the fact that there are few Latino bone marrow donors. I'll be looking into more information about the registry.

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I think you missed the point of why I posted the link.

BTW ......The reason for the link was to get people to sign up for the bone marrow registry - not argue if we need awarness or bash SJK.
Taps, most of us did not miss the point, and that's what matters. Those of us who haven't had a cancer diagnosis will never understand what you have gone through. You are a strong, amazing women who tackled this setback in your life with admirable strength. We all give you so much respect for this!

Thank you for posting this and opening eyes. As always, the answer to solving a problem is in getting at the core, the cause. Finding the cancer and funding treatment is one thing....but what truly needs to happen is proper funding into research to stop it at the root cause.

I admire you AND your dedication to this cause!
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I believe the "pink" thing is sort of copyrighted by the Komen Foundation, correct? Didn't they just cut off all funding to Planned Parenthood in the last year?
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