Midlothian resident Marsha Davidson knows the deepest feelings of being a breast cancer survivor.
Spearheading an event held specifically for Ellis County residents, Davidson, Barbara Ellison and other volunteers have formed a group, Texans Against Breast Cancer, to help raise awareness in finding a cure for breast cancer.
“I am a breast cancer survivor and I just wanted to do something to help support finding a cure for it because even though I was diagnosed three years ago, I’ve had cancer twice since then,” said Davidson, the group’s president.
In addition to help in finding a cure, the group has designated Oct. 19, 2007, as Ellis County’s Passionately Pink for the Cure Day through the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation.
Following the all-day event, a Passionately Pink Party will be held to celebrate and honor breast cancer survivors as well as raise additional funds for the foundation.
“This will be our culminating event where we will all come together and celebrate our accomplishments,” Davidson said. “We plan to have a catered dinner and a silent auction with tickets priced at $25 for singles and $40 for couples. Ticket sales from the party and T-shirts purchases will be used to cover the expenses of the entire event.”
Komen for the Cure is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find cures.
The event is an all-day event targeting anyone who wants to join the fight against breast cancer — women and men.
“There are two major events in Ellis County (Relay for Life) sponsored by the American Cancer Society but there is nothing specifically in support of breast cancer,” Davidson said. “I initially attempted to start a Race for the Cure event, but because we were not affiliated with the Komen Foundation, they recommended that we do the Passionately Pink for the Cure Day. This the second year Komen has sponsored the event but it doesn’t appear that anyone in this area has heard of it.”
Texans Against Breast Cancer is a group intent on one accord — finding a cure.
“We are a fairly new organization of local volunteers who are wanting to recruit teams of individuals to join and support the fight against breast cancer,” Davidson said. “We’re shooting to have 1,000 participants from Ellis County to support this event and to raise $5,000. We’re hoping to form teams of individuals in order to recruit family members, friends, co-workers and others to join our team. The idea is to see pink everywhere to raise awareness to help find a cure and to also raise funds to perform search. We are still in the planning process, but our purpose is to the raise money to support the efforts of the Komen Foundation, whose goal is to have 1 million participants and raise $5 million. Participants will also receive acknowledgement for their participation from the Foundation.”
According to a press release, Passionately Pink for the Cure is a new fund-raising and education program of Susan G. Komen for the Cure during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Events like Passionately Pink for the Cure have invested nearly $1 billion to fulfill their promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world.
“We just picked a day in October because that month is designated as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” Davidson said. “We picked that Friday because a lot of businesses have casual Fridays so employees would be able to wear their pink shirts, pink pants, pink hats, pink shoes, pink jewelry and everything else. By wearing pink and making a donation of $5 or more, a person would be making a difference in the lives of millions.
“One hundred percent of the $5 donations will go toward the Komen Foundation and people can donate more if they want to,” she said. “They can either donate to the www.komen.org Web site under our group’s name or they can write a check to the Susan G. Komen Foundation and we can mail it along with the other donations.”
With the help of its members, Texans Against Breast Cancer hopes to make this first Ellis County event a well-deserved one.
“This is 100 percent volunteer efforts and we are still in need of more,” Davidson said, noting committee positions are available.
“We need to fill some positions on the fund-raising committee, the publicity committee and the special event committee,” she said. “We need some area directors to help recruit team captains so that they can recruit their friends, family members, co-workers and other people. It’s so easy to participate so we’re hoping that alone would allow us to recruit a lot of people.”
The group will next meet at 7 p.m., Wednesday, July 25, at the family life center at First United Methodist Church in Midlothian to discuss plans and ideas.
“We are still working on coming up with a motto, deciding on a T-shirt logo and the design, and recruiting more people to participate,” Davidson said. “Registration forms and information packages, which will be given out to the team captains, are also in the works. We are still in the planning stage but our purpose is definitely trying to find a cure for breast cancer.”
“Although this is an Ellis County-wide event, we really want to focus in the Midlothian and Waxahachie areas,” said Ellison, the group’s vice president. “We really want to promote this event and encourage people to support it.”
Breast cancer touches millions of lives and is diagnosed every day in the community. Without a cure, one in eight women in the United States will continue to be diagnosed with breast cancer. Without a cure, an estimated 5 million Americans will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 1 million could die during the next 25 years.
For more information, contact Davidson at (214) 878-4350 or firstname.lastname@example.org, and Ellison at (972) 743-1239.
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