October is National
Breast Cancer Awareness Month!
Today I attended the "Baubles & Beads Style Show and Luncheon," which assists local women who might require financial help with their breast cancer treatments, medications, or other needs in order to battle their disease effectively. This annual event has provided funds to the Peterson Regional Medical Center Breast Cancer Assistance Fund since 2002.
|Before the crowd arrived|
|Rose petals on the runway|
|Baubles & Beads|
Naturally, I started thinking about health and wellness during this luncheon. I thought about how lucky I am not to be dealing with a life-threatening illness, even though I've eaten loads of junky foods and gone long stretches of time being sedentary.
Sitting at my table were Jennifer and Kacy, who are both runners. We talked about health and the importance of physical activity. Jennifer started running just recently. She has a friend with breast cancer who is beating it and credits that partly to her active lifestyle. Kacy has been running for about two years, but is really getting serious about it lately (after having major knee surgery, mind you). She's recently lost almost 50 pounds! They were very supportive of my efforts to get healthier, and I had a great time visiting with them today.
|Jennifer and Kacy|
This got me excited thinking about what I might work up to. I'll be sensible about it, of course. I've recently recovered from a year-long foot injury, so I won't try to run right now. I'll need to build up to it. But already I can see improvement in my abilities. If I try it and have a problem, I'll just build up more. But I think I would like to try to run. Maybe not a marathon, or even a 10K. But how about a mile? I know for a fact I couldn't run a mile right now, but maybe someday.
And speaking of physically fit, next up came the local firemen, strutting down the runway to collect money for the cause. They really knew how to work the crowd, and women were stuffing those boots with cash!
|Firemen on the Runway|
These little pink gift boxes were at each of our place settings. What could be inside?
Ah, looks like my two kiddos will each get a little treat!
And speaking of little treats, even the dessert was pink. Here's where serendipity hit... One guest at our table was not served her dessert. She asked the waiter for it, but it never came. So instead of sitting there thinking about how to resist eating the whole thing, I offered my untouched dessert to the other woman. It worked out great!
|I heard it was delicious!|
Today's luncheon was very emotional. I'd encourage everyone reading this to do what you can to help eradicate breast cancer. Donate time and money, if you can. Wear your pink ribbon awareness gear. Talk about it. Sign up for events to raise awareness. This can happen to anyone (and statistically, most of us will be affected by breast cancer during our lifetimes - either personally or through someone we care about.)
So here are my final words (stolen from a t-shirt I saw for sale today): "Feel your boobies." Check yourselves, and remind others to do the same!