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In the Pink
According to the Susan G. Komen Foundation (whose insignia, the little pink ribbon, is ubiquitous on products promoted throughout the month of October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month), one in eight women in the U.S. will develop breast cancer during her life. Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in women ages 40 to 59. In New Jersey alone, 6,900 will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 1,400 will die from the disease this year.
To raise funding for breast cancer screening, education, and research, the Komen Foundation New Jersey holds an annual Race for the Cure, hosted by the Breast Cancer Resource Center (BCRC) of the YWCA Princeton. The event takes place on Sunday, October 17, at Bristol-Myers Squibb on Route 206 South in Princeton. In 2003 the New Jersey Race, which drew over 14,000 participants and over 25,000 people in attendance, awarded $750,000 through grants to 25 hospitals and non-profit organizations in New Jersey.
You can run. You can walk. You can bring your kids. There’s live music, food, prizes, children’s activities, and more.
This year, the race is adding a first. "Every year people say they want to come to the race as an individual or team member (lots of corporations and hospitals sponsor teams), but they might they might be out of town or unable to show up for some reason," says Fogg. To address this issue, the race has added a "Sleep In" category on the registration form. That means you are technically registered and send in your contribution, but you don’t have to actually show up. If you register as a team member, your "presence" is still counted – which is important, says Fogg, since there is a prize awarded for the largest team.
If you’re looking for a gift idea in the month of October, consider the 2004 Komen candle, available at Pier 1 Imports. The candle, $14, comes in a pink mosaic glass jar in morning bloom fragrance and includes a pink ribbon lapel pin. Pier 1 donates 25% of purchase price (less tax) to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
If you’re hungry, indulge in the pink ribbon bagel at Panera, shaped like the ribbon and chock full of cherry chocolate chips, and dried cherries and cranberries. Available only during October, 25 cents of each bagel goes to Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Panera is also matching, dollar for dollar, any contribution given to the Foundation through containers displayed at the check-out.
In August, 2004, Jo Doig, a breast cancer survivor and an attorney in West Windsor, turned 60. "I felt it was time to pay my dues to my community." After seeing the movie "Calendar Girls" – the true story of a group of "mature" British women who created a "nude" calendar to raise money to benefit a local hospital – Doig decided to create a calendar of her own to benefit the non-profit Breast Cancer Resource Center (BCRC) of the YWCA of Princeton.
Doig recruited more than a dozen friends as models. "Half of them are breast cancer survivors and the other half have been affected by breast cancer – for example, one woman’s mother died of breast cancer at the age of 31," says Doig. "Another woman had her photo shoot on a Saturday, and the following Monday had a quarter of her breast removed. Another woman had had partial reconstruction and was still going through chemo and wore a wig for the photo shoot." In addition to Doig, the models include Michael Hill, a former Olympic track star who is now a nurse at Acorn Glen; Carol Tischler, an X-ray technician at the Lawrenceville School; Michelle Cass, a breast cancer survivor who works in the publishing department at ETS; Barbara Curran, a Princeton resident who is a nurse at Princeton House; and Smita Shah, a realtor at ReMax Princeton.
Nancy A. Delaney, a photographer and breast cancer survivor in Hurley, New York, shot the calendar on donated time. Doig, who works out of her home, a farm where she has llamas, alpacas, turkeys, and miniature donkeys, provided the setting for the shoot – the farm’s chicken coop. Is it difficult to practice law on a farm? "The roosters are crowing as I’m trying to settle major matrimony issues," says Doig.
The calendar, which features tasteful nudes and semi-nudes, is available in hanging wall and "CD case" desk calendar formats, as well as a business card holder. Doig secured a host of donated services, including Earl and Joy Chen of Joy Cards on Chambers Street, who designed the business card calendar; Rene Hobbs of Marketech at 196 Princeton-Hightstown Road, who designed the calendar’s web site (the wife of Marketech president Bob Zyontz is a breast cancer survivor), www.silhouettesofhope.org; Sarah Schwartz of ADP Graphic Communication in New York, who designed the wall calendar; and the Bravo Group in New York, which printed the wall calendars for free.
Doig collected money for production costs from friends. "One client, a young guy, gave me a big check and begged me under no circumstances was I to send him pictures of `these old ladies.’"
The New York Times called "Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book" "the Bible for women with breast cancer." Most people just call it "the breast book." Love, a surgeon and former Harvard professor, is considered one of the pioneers of the breast cancer advocacy movement.
She will present a talk entitled "Barriers to Research on the Human Breast" on Saturday, November 6, at 3:30 p.m., at the Doral Forrestal. The occasion is the first scientific meeting of a newly-formed network of four centers, called the Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Centers, funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the National Cancer Institute (both are agencies of the National Institutes of Health)
Investigators from these centers, which include Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, will present the latest scientific evidence on current understanding of environmental influences on the development of breast cancer. According to a statement issued by NIH, the centers are designed "to study the pre-natal to adult environmental exposures that may predispose a woman to breast cancer…and to better understand the elusive environmental piece of the breast cancer puzzle."
According to conference organizer Jose Russo, the lead investigator at Fox Chase, over 200 biomedical researchers and members of advocacy groups have registered for this groundbreaking conference. A unique aspect of the conference is "talk with the experts" sessions for the public, or "non-scientific audience," each day of the conference directly following the main sessions, during which members of the community will have a chance to discuss the issues presented in the conference lectures and symposia.
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