February is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Breast cancer is an indiscriminate disease that strikes thousands of women and men every year. It doesn’t care about race, religion, or zip code. We have decided to produce a limited number of pink rain barrels to raise money for the cause. For each pink rain barrel we sell, 50% of the proceeds go directly to Y-Me.org, also known as the Breast Cancer Network of Strength. No one should have to face this disease alone. Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization is the only place in the world where someone can call – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year – and talk to a breast cancer survivor and be understood in 150 languages.
In the US, one in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their life-time. Breast cancer is only second to lung cancer in cancer related deaths in the US. It can strike any one at any time. We have several friends who at this very time are dealing with breast cancer, either them selves or a loved one. The largest risk factor is being female and getting older. While rare, men can get breast cancer. The disease affects everyone, not just the person diagnosed but also their spouses, family, friends and even co workers.
In 2010 in the United States alone, there were more than 200,000 new cases and over 39,000 deaths. Breast cancer incidence rate is 123 per 100,000 and the mortality rate is 22 per 100,000.
This is personal to us. Lynn’s Grandmother, Anne Marshall a.k.a. ‘Ducky’, died of breast cancer in 1998. Ducky loved to garden and we think of her often when ever we are planting, pruning or any other gardening activity. While our classic Moby comes in black, green and granite – the limited series of pink rain barrels are called ‘Duckies’.
Refernces and links:
Breast Cancer Network of Strength - www.y-me.org
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month - www.nbcam.org
National Cancer Institute - www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/breast
Susan G. Komen for the Cure - www.komen.org
Cancer Care - www.cancercare.org
American cancer Society - www.cancer.org