With October just around the corner, many people have pumpkins, costumes and trick or treating on their minds. However, did you realize that October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month?
Breast Cancer is a disease that doesn’t really effect you until it effects YOU. You, or a close friend, a family member, a mother, a daughter, a sister, a brother… the list goes on. Many of us don’t give it much thought until the devastating day when you receive a phone call from dear friend distraught with the frightening news about her latest mammogram results. Or the day when your doctor sits you down his office with that sympathetic “look” on his face.
In the U.S, a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, on average, every 2.5 minutes. Some studies reveal that women have a one in eight chance of developing invasive breast cancer at some point in her life. But it’s not just women who are at risk — men also have a slight chance. In fact, approximately 440 men will die from breast cancer this year.
This prognosis doesn’t have to be a death sentence. With early diagnosis breast cancer can beat. Today, 97% of women diagnosed with localized breast cancer at an early stage survive more than 5 years, and due to early detection and advances in treatment, rates of breast cancer have decreased by 2% in the last decade alone.
Treatment solutions can be very expensive however, especially for those with low income. Because many of these people have inadequate or no health insurance, many will be unable to work throughout their treatment — adding a huge financial toll to an already difficult struggle.
The Breast Cancer Emergency Fund (BCEF) is a non-profit organization providing quick and compassionate emergency financial assistance to low-income people battling breast cancer in order to cover basic human needs, lessen financial burdens and improve quality of life.
AVAC® is proud to have selected BCEF as our aid organization recipient in our upcoming “Rally for the Girls” benefit event scheduled for October 2 & 3. At our prior “Rally” event in 2013, we raised over $10,000, and our goal is to surpass that amount this year. This is something that we can’t do it alone! We need your help and support to reach our target. There are two fun events that we hope you’ll join us for:
Friday, October 2
“Kick Off BBQ” on our pool deck. Food will include chicken kabobs, gourmet hamburgers, veggie burgers, a large array of salads & more. Each participant will receive an event t-shirt, dinner, one drink ticket and one raffle ticket. Additional drink and raffle tickets can be purchased. There will be raffle prizes, games & a silent auction during the evening. This is an event you do not want to miss.
Saturday, October 3
“Day Of Fitness” with a full schedule of Group Fitness, & AbsoluteFIT classes for you to choose from. Each participant will also receive an event t-shirt, a goodie bag, raffle ticket, & drink ticket. Raffle will be pulled throughout the day during classes.
To view Saturday’s class line up and find out how to register, go here.
Register by September 25, and you’ll received a reduced rate!
-Stephanie Doty | Team AVAC®