Today I walked in celebration of my amazing Aunt, who has kicked breast cancer’s backside, not just once, but twice. (She’s also whooped on skin cancer, but who’s keeping score when one is clearly that badass?)
I held my daughter’s hand and walked through a sea of pink.
That’s my Aunt with her pink survivors flag. She carried it for the entire walk.
I was happy to take part. We all were. But there was this nagging feeling in my stomach the entire time I was there.
In 2010 there were roughly 210,000 deaths from breast cancer.
There were 218,000 deaths from prostate cancer. And another 8,000 from testicular cancer.
I’m all for walking for the girls and wearing pink, but there’s not much out there for the guys. Who’s raising awareness for them? Who is walking for them and sharing THEIR stories? Why aren’t we doing this? I have a friend who’s at war with testicular cancer right now. He has a story, but there isn’t an event to honor, celebrate and raise awareness for that… No one talks about it. We’re not wearing “Save the Balls” or “Save the Booty” Tshirts. Where’s the cool cape my daughter can wear while she’s walking a 5K in honor and in celebration of these folks?
More has to be done.
Please consider checking out http://www.kiltedtokickcancer.org.
And if you can give, please do. Check out Ambulance Driver’s website for details. And since they’re running a nice side bet and I can be swayed by someone willing to proof read a post, I’m leaning towards the Dive Medic’s effort.
Be safe out there.