BENEFITING: BRIGHT PINK
ORGANIZER: BRIGHT PINK
EVENT DATE: Oct 09, 2016
I am running the Chicago Marathon this year in support of Bright Pink!
"Bright Pink is on a mission to save women’s lives from breast and ovarian cancer by empowering them to live proactively at a young age.
Bright Pink is the only national non-profit organization focused on prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women.
Our aim is to reach the 52 million young women in the United States between the ages of 18 and 45 with our innovative, life-saving breast and ovarian health programs, thereby empowering this and future generations of women to live healthier, happier, and longer lives.
Bright Pink sees a world in which fewer people die from breast and ovarian cancer. We aim to educate and inspire women to move from awareness to action, practicing risk reduction and early detection as a part of a proactive life."
In 2015 I tested positive for BRCA1, a genetic mutation that increases the risk of breast and ovarian cancer. 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime—it’s the leading cancer diagnosis among women. 1 in 67 women will develop ovarian cancer in their lifetime, and 2/3 of those diagnosed will die from their disease. My risk of developing breast cancer jumps to 80%, while my risk of ovarian cancer jumps to 40%.
After learning that I carry this gene, I met with a genetic counselor at Northwestern in Chicago who then directed me to Washington University in St. Louis where I currently reside. As a result I now have a yearly mammogram and breast MRI, along with bi-yearly blood tests to screen for ovarian cancer. Bright Pink works to educate women on preventative medicine so that they lower their risk of breast and ovarian cancer, and thanks to the support of my doctors and family, I have a future prevention plan in place in addition to the steps I am already taking to stay healthy. Therefore, I am beyond excited to support Bright Pink's efforts by running the Chicago Marathon this fall!
The funds donated will help many more women receive life-saving education.
• $25 donation will allow six women to attend our workshops on early detection.
• $100 empowers 100 women to assess their personal risk for breast and ovarian cancer.
• $150 trains a women's healthcare provider to give more comprehensive preventative care to 3,600 patients annually.
• $300 empowers 300 individuals to assess their risk of breast and ovarian cancer at AssessYourRisk.org
• $500 funds a Brighten Up Educational Workshop for 100 people at corporations, organizations and other group settings.
• $1000 covers the production and distribution of 1,300 educational materials to doctor's offices nationwide.
I dedicate my run to my mom, Kathleen (KK) Tesar.