I want to share a little bit about why i am such a strong supporter of Susan G Komen and specifically the Evansville Tri-State affiliate.
I have seen the side of cancer that isn't often talked about. The other side of death for the family and the people who love the fighter. I know our story is in no way unusual but i will share a little bit of it anyway.
When Andrea passed there was a numbness. A feeling of not feeling. For some it lasted a day or two and for others it is still happening in ways. You go through all of the normal details that are required and then you go home and try to restart your life. But your life cant restart because it will never be the same. You are now the child who lost a parent, or the parent who lost a child. You are the sibling who lost a sister or the child who lost an aunt. The grandparent who lost a grand daughter or the uncle or aunt who lost a niece. Maybe you lost a lifelong friend. Those things all happened the moment she took her last breath. As hard as it was fighting beside her and seeing the pain behind her smile, at least we felt like we we had something we could do. With that last breath that part of our lives was over. Cancer doesn't care how lost or alone your kids will feel. Cancer doesn't care if you still want to see some big moments in your children's lives. Cancer doesn't care if you still need your mom and dad or if they still need you. Cancer doesn't care if your sister and sister in law still need the person who they turned to to help them figure it out sometimes. Cancer doesn't care about the memories that you are not done making with your friends. Cancer doesn't care how many people are gathered around you when you go. Cancer doesn't care about the good or bad you have done in the world..... I could go on and on. (I think i kind of did)
So back to Komen. They were with us the whole way through. it was a Komen billboard and event that lead to Andrea's diagnosis. She was unlucky in that the type of breast cancer that she had is currently not very manageable. It was not an if situation but a when. She fought hard for every day. If her diagnosis had been different though she would have had a much better chance due to the education and early diagnosis that Komen provided.
I personally have no illusions that any money that i am involved with will be the final amount needed to find a cure for breast cancer. I know that the majority of the money raised here stays right here, and i know it is used to save lives. I have met people and families right here in our communities who have been spared what we went through because of funds raised just like this. Early diagnosis and education save lives and that Is what Komen does. I could bore you more than i have with the details of where the money all goes and how it is used, but the main concern (to me anyway) is early diagnosis. For about $100 Komen can provide a mammogram. Mammograms save lives. It doesn't matter how big or small the donation. Every dollar is one step closer to a mammogram and possibly saving a life.
If you are a TMMI team member and are interested in joining our team message me. Anyone else can message Michelle about the "Andrea's Army" team. If you find that you are able to make a donation i don"t care if you do it to my fundraiser or Corbin's or better yet join a team and start raising funds for Komen. If anyone made it this far thank you. I feel like i should pay you