Petition To Komen For Stage IV Research Funding
To: Susan G. Komen
The month of October is upon us. With it, brings the profusion of the pink ribbon that has become the branded logo of breast cancer. Survivors will be celebrated, and rightly so. They will feel pride in their victory, and feel strength from the multitudes of supporters, who will gather in parades.
The month of October is upon us. With it, brings the profusion of the pink ribbon that has become the branded logo of breast cancer. Survivors will be celebrated, and rightly so. They will feel pride in their victory, and feel strength from the multitudes of supporters, who will gather in parades and walks all across the world. The pink banners will wave and the month's events will be covered by media outlets everywhere. This is Susan G. Komen's self created pinnacle. This is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
This is also the month of the forgotten. This is the month that the stage IV community must be reminded that we don't count. We are supposed to feel honored and recognized. We don't. We feel left out, ignored, angry, hurt, saddened, and sometimes hopeless. But, by ALL of us, working together, we can be the catalyst to change all that.
According to the American Cancer Society, this year, there is expected to be almost 230,000 new cases of breast cancer in the United States. 30% of these men and women will become metastatic (stage IV), resulting in over 40,000 deaths. The average life expectancy, after becoming metastatic, is 18-36 months, with no significant increase in over 50 years.
Stage IV breast cancer gets less than 3% of all funding allocated toward research. We need this to change. 30% of breast cancers will become metastatic, therefore, we are asking that 30% of allocated funds be devoted to stage IV research. 30 for 30, if you will. We should all be "aware", but the real cure will come from research!
Early detection and prevention only tell part of the story. We are the rest of the story. The forgotten. The stage IV community can no longer afford to be ignored. We can no longer be swept under the proverbial pink rug. We are the true face of 30% of all breast cancer. We are the terminal victims of this insidious, life stealing disease. We can no longer, also afford to be the victims of inadequate research funding, research that could save lives.
Please help us send this message to Susan G. Komen For the Cure, by signing this petition. Help us find our cure, and maybe one day, pink will be just another color.
Under the body of the petition are jpg pictures of the House and Senate Resolutions declaring October 13th to be National Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day.
Gregory D. Pawelski