Today I got a Call To Action from the Army of Women. Occasionally (really rarely), the researchers need things that most people are hesitant to provide. To further complicate this, the eligibility criteria excludes most women who might be inclined to participate because of a close relative. Anyone with close relatives who have been diagnosed with breast cancer can NOT participate. This study is for healthy women with NO history. So, those of you who have dear friends...... we are looking for you. And, you have to be a night shift worker. Like I said. Some things are more difficult than others. Difficult is not impossible and we have to "do difficult" to make a difference. (Personal aside as you read the study: I had this "procedure" and it is not painful.)
Why is all of this ironic? First of all, the Super Bowl is in Indianapolis and this season, the Indianapolis Colts have YET TO WIN a single game. Go figure. I'm a fan of many sports but if you are not, this will not amuse you. Peyton Manning is The Man. He is the quarterback and he is injured. In team sports, many are careful not to place the performance of a team on any single player but damn. Peyton is a superstar. Peyton is injured. They lost every game. I would have to consult with my Information Compass (aka my son) to see if Indy MIGHT have been in contention if not for the injury. You see, in the history of the Super Bowl, NO TEAM has ever played on their home field. Ever. This could have been historic. As a New Yorker with two football teams calling NY home even though their shared stadium is in NEW JERSEY, I'm holding out hope that in 2014 when the Super Bowl is here, one of the NY teams will destroy that factoid. And, given the irony of Indy, I gotta go with the Giants. And the baby brother of said injured Indy Manning. Eli 2014.
This is ironic? To me it is. And this is relevant to anything b e c a u s e .....? ? ?
Well..... Army of Women is attempting to fill a study. Assisting in the process is Komen. Yes, this IS ironic, too. Many will understand the irony, many more will not..... Me? I'm hopeful this is the beginning of *Anew Direction* for everything.
THIS is what a "Call to Action" looks like although this one has a little twist and that's pretty damn good! THIS is what I call collaboration. Kudos to all parties! And, can we please get this study filled? The researchers need 23 more women.
And the army? We need a million. We still haven't hit 400,000. Now that you can see what a real email looks like.... and they only come a couple of times a month..... can we get moving on THAT, too?
Dear AnneMarie,The Army of Women challenged the scientific community to expand its current focus to include breast cancer prevention research conducted on healthy women, and these researchers responded! This study has the potential to help take us beyond a cure because it focuses on what causes breast cancer and how to prevent it.
There is epidemiological research demonstrating that working the night shift increases a woman's breast cancer risk. Researchers from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University want to figure out why by studying breast tissue samples from women who have NOT had breast cancer. Their aim: to see if there are differences in the cells in the breast tissue of women who work day shifts and those who work night shifts.
Help the research team reach their goal by donating breast tissue at the Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Tissue Bank at the IU Simon Cancer Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. In partnership with the Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee, the Komen Tissue Bank is holding a tissue "super drive" on January 28 and 29, 2012. They're expecting hundreds of donors and YOU could be a part of it by donating your breast tissue for this research study. If you're a night-shift worker who lives in or near Indianapolis or you're traveling to Indianapolis for the Super Bowl, please read on to learn more about what is involved and who can participate. If you're not a night-shift worker but know someone who is, please forward this Call to Action to them!