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Nearly one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lives. Almost everyone knows someone who has beat, is suffering from, or has lost their life to breast cancer. We are, however, making great strides. With nearly 75,000 volunteers nation wide, the Susan B. Komen Foundation has raised nearly $750 million for breast cancer research since its establishment in 1982.

In 2005, I completed the “Race for the Cure,” the Komen foundation’s annual event, for the first time. It was a life changing experience. A sea of people covered the Art Museum grounds in Philadelphia, many bearing t-shirts or signs telling who they were walking for. Some were walking for sisters; others, for mothers. Friends, grandmothers, cousins… they were all represented. I was walking in memory of Aunt Dot.

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