Each year, more than 211,000
American women learn that they
have breast cancer.
is the leading
cause of death for
ages 35 to 50.
Its not how much we give but how much love we put into giving Mother Teresa (19101997) Missionary
Living is Giving
Like everyone else, we have hope that one day breast cancer is a curable disease and woman will not die from it any longer. To get there, millions of women have united to give every day in various ways to get closer to the goal. They give by helping a sick friend through treatment or by raising hundreds of millions of dollars for needed research to find a cure.
If you are looking for simple ways that you can start giving, here are some suggestions.
- Mail your letters only using the Breast Cancer Research Postal Stamp (available at over 40,000 US post office). 8 cents of every stamp will directly fund breast cancer research.
- Collect your change in a jar and donate it to your favorite breast cancer charity organization.
- Volunteer some of your time to a woman going through treatment. (Bring a meal, watch the children).
- Remind a friend to get a mammogram
- Give a LIV as a gift to you mother, your sister, your aunt, your daughter...
Olivia Newton-John and Dr. Ernie Bodai are Instrumental in
Raising Awareness and Funds all Over the World
Besides being one of the most beloved international performers, Olivia Newton-John is a role model for millions of women because of her openness of how she dealt with cancer as well as her generous philanthropic efforts. Her personal victory against breast cancer led her to announce her partnership with Austin Health and the creation of the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Centre (ONJCC) on the Austin Campus in her hometown, Melbourne, Australia. The ONJCC will provide a comprehensive range of services and facilities for cancer treatment, education, training and research. (For more information visit www.oliviaappeal.com).
In April 2008, Olivia Newton-John and friends walked 142 miles along the Great Wall of China to raise funds and global awareness for the world-renewed ONJCC Cancer Center. (For more information visit greatwalktobeijing.com)
Curves founder Diane Heavin was one of the friends who joined Olivia for the entire three weeks on the Great Walk To Beijing. The Walk raised more than $2 million dollars, of which Curves alone raised over $1 million.
The Great Walk to Beijing was life-changing, difficult, challenging, illuminating and scary very much like the cancer journey.
To give to one of Olivia Newton-Johns favorite charities and to support her philanthropic efforts, visit her web site at olivianewton-john.com.
After treating thousands of patients with breast cancer, Dr. Ernie Bodai became frustrated at the pace of funding for research. In a remarkable one-man lobbying effort he was able to convince Congress and the U.S. Postal Service to issue the Breast Cancer Research Stamp the first ever stamp in U.S. history that sells at more than face value (45 cents) with the surplus amount donated directly to breast cancer research.
I have taken care of almost 3,000 women with breast cancer, and have seen every day how this dreadful disease affects them and their husbands, families, and children. The devastation of the disease works on me every day. I decided I could treat these women for the rest of my life, or I could help eradicate the disease. I chose to act immediately.
Ernie Bodai, M.D.
Today, over 950 million stamps have been sold raising over $65 million for crucial research. The breast cancer stamp is the most purchased stamp in the history of the United States.
The stamp itself was designed by Ethel Kessler, a breast cancer survivor in Bethesda, Maryland and was illustrated by Whitney Sherman of Baltimore, Maryland. The stamp portrays the Roman Goddess, Diana, protector of women in Roman Mythology. Diana is reaching for a quiver, symbolizing that she will protect women from harm. Dianas arm is raised in the same position a woman would raise her arm during mammography and breast self-examination. In the place of her right breast is the circular Fund the Fight, Find a Cure logo.
Dr. Ernie Bodai is currently introducing the first ever global stamp raising awareness and funding to conquer the disease worldwide. To find out more and to support his journey with donations, visit his non-profit organization www.curebreastcancer.org