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This event has been very special to all of us involved … we have met some very special and courageous breast cancer survivors who have shared their stories and experiences.

When we first met with the Komen staff, to begin planning we knew we could team up and create more awareness for breast cancer, but we might not have realized the impact it would have on us.

Pamra Culp, Rolls of Fun, graciously gave of her time to photograph a group of survivors who agreed to share their experiences with us. You'll be introduced to these 31 incredible women beginning October 1.

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The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Board of Directors gives special thanks to the Lubbock Avalanche Journal for its dedication to breast health education and breast cancer awareness.  The efforts of the Lubbock Avalanche Journal through its Pinktober campaign and A Time for Women event will have an impact on the women of the South Plains that is immeasurable.  The Lubbock Avalanche Journal is a true champion for this cause, and it’s with our deepest gratitude that we commend their involvement.
 
The Lubbock Avalanche Journal is making breast cancer awareness uppermost in the minds of all in the South Plains; from Survivor Spotlight articles to breast health information printed daily on the front page of each October issue to the West Texas Bra, breast cancer awareness is all around.
 
Pinktober is a time to celebrate the many breast cancer survivors in our area and to share in their journey through their stories of triumph against this disease.  For those battling breast cancer it provides hope that they too will fight this disease and win. Breast cancer survivors are very special people who posses the ruthless determination to live, regardless of the odds that may be stacked against them.  At Komen, we often refer to survivors as warriors in pink, and that is exactly what they are.  They are men and women with a willingness to fight a battle no one should have to face.  These warriors embrace the battle along with their armies of support, and many times come out on top.  
 
We often talk about the importance of self awareness and early detection, and it’s for very good reason. The numbers show that when a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer that is still confined to the breast and has not metastasized, the woman’s five year survival rate is 98 percent. When breast cancer is diagnosed in a later stage and has spread to other areas of the body, her five year survival rate drops to between 30 and 40 percent.  Pinktober provides women with a chance to learn how to perform a self breast exam, the importance of annual mammograms, and other risk factors to be aware of.  The Pinktober campaign will save lives on the South Plains because of the vital breast health education women will receive thanks to this effort.
 
Pinktober is a time to learn, a time to celebrate, and a time to remember all of those who have been faced with this disease.  To everyone at the Lubbock Avalanche Journal, we offer our deepest thanks for your willingness to embrace this cause and make a difference in the lives of so many in our community.

BRA BALL DONATIONS

Bring your donations to the A-J office at 710 Ave J, or to the KOMEN office at 5121 69th Drive Suite A-10A. Or you can drop off your bra at the AJ booth during the Race for the Cure, October 4th, 2008 at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center.  Our friend and artist, Angie Nicholson is helping us.

We've had bras dropped of with messages of encouragement written.
Some are old and some are new…
some are pink, some are not.

Everywhere I go people want to know how the Bra Ball is coming along…come see for yourself.

Julia Childs
A-J Marketing Director




 
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