Living Legendary and now, it's her legacy.
Jen Smith died last Saturday.
One week ago. That same day, more than 100 others died of breast cancer, in this country alone. Globally, the number is staggering.
She will be missed by so many of us, lives she touched only through a computer screen. She will be missed by her family and mostly she will be missed by Corbin. Another little one who will only have memories of his mommy's comforting arms.
Each death cuts like a knife, drawing more blood, shattering lives, breaking hearts.
Jen Vennes died in July. I was at her memorial service last week. It was heart wrenching to watch her husband read the eulogy which is now posted on her blog: KeepTheCalm ...
Please take a moment over this weekend to read about the two Jen's.
Let's remember WHY we advocate and the result we seek to achieve. It's about life. It's about making sure we find ways to stop these senseless deaths. Yes. Senseless.
We've been at this for a long time. My plea to all: that which divides us is far less important than reaching the outcomes we all seek. Between now and Monday, on a global scale using the statistics I could locate from WHO, over 2500 deaths will have occurred. From Breast Cancer ALONE. Cancer as a disease, regardless of which part of the body was attacked? In 48 hours, over 41,000 people around the world are now gone.
If those numbers aren't a call to action, remember just one life. The life of someone who meant something to you personally. Let that be your call to action, your need to understand why it's so important to fund the right research because that's the way this finally ends.
Not with pink footballs which will be all over the NFL on Sunday. We got the sneak preview on Thursday night.
The shade of pink is blinding.
And it's making us blind to the reality we must face if we are to be effective advocates.
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