Thursday, July 23, 2009

Ginny Wilson

This is Ginny Wilson, Brenda's neighbor and friend.
I remember meeting Ginny in 2007 when Brenda and I were training for the 60 mile Breast Cancer 3Day walk. We only spoke for a few minutes but it was long enough to know I liked this lady. This lady had spark.
Ginny drove to downtown Cleveland for the closing ceremonies that year only to discover they'd been canceled due to rain. She showed up that evening at Brenda's house with a bouquet of flowers for her. It was Ginny's "thank you" to Brenda for walking.
Ginny had breast cancer.
And on July 12th, it took her life.
60 miles seems like a long walk, but it's not long enough.
The millions of dollars sunk into cancer research seem like a lot, but they're not enough.
The hundreds of pink bracelets, thousands of fundraisers and endless publicity is still not enough.
It won't ever be enough until we stop losing women like Ginny. Until women like my mom can stop battling recurring breast cancer. Until young women like my daughter can stop worrying about getting breast cancer. Someday - some sweet and holy day - I hope young women will hear about breast cancer and wonder what it was.
On that day we will have done enough.
Until then, there can be no rest.
Go here Educate yourself. Write a check. Give your time. I promise you it will make a difference.
Come back here every day to click on the breast cancer link. Two clicks and you've helped provide free mammograms for women who can't afford them.
Ginny was one of a kind. But there are hundreds of thousands of women battling breast cancer just like Ginny.
Be their hope.
Because we haven't yet done enough.

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