The statistics say that 1 in 8 women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime. That’s 12% of our female population, people.
It gets worse. According to cancer.org, in 2013:
About 232,340 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in women.
About 64,640 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be diagnosed (CIS is non-invasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer).
About 39,629 women will die from breast cancer.
Personally, I find that unacceptable. I find it unacceptable that my grandmother endured a double mastectomy. I find it unacceptable that one of my good friends lost her mother to breast cancer a few years ago and that that mother was in her 40s. I find it unacceptable that just this year another friend was diagnosed and has been battling breast cancer (albeit she is brave and unwavering and kicking cancer’s ass).
I know that my bodaciously badass friend, Jenn Williams, feels the same way. I know this because this is her FIFTH year walking the Susan G. Komen 3-Day in support of breast cancer research, detection, and treatment. This girl walks 60 miles in three days each year to honor those who’ve fallen, those who are struggling, and those who don’t deserve to ever be touched by this disease.
Oh yeah, she also has to raise a minimum of $2,300 JUST TO PARTICIPATE in the walk itself.
But is $2,300 enough for Miss Jenn Williams? Oh, hell no! Her personal goal this year is $5,000, which I think is a beautiful number – and one that could make a difference.
Clearly, Jenn’s gotta get creative to raise some money for the boobies…so why not show them off in the name of charity?
I met Jenn a number of years ago through the burlesque scene in Phoenix and she’s turned our naughty little pastime into an annual event that fundraises for her walk. In the past, it’s been called Burlesque for Boobies, but this year Jenn added live music to the bill and thus called it Rocking the Rack!
So, this past weekend, we all took the stage in the name of kicking cancer’s ass.
Emceed by the titillating and always outrageous Pandora de Strange, the event boasted a silent auction, raffles, grooves by the ever delicious Medicine Tent, and a barrage of burlesque beauties showing everyone why it’s so important to save the tatas.
At the end of the day, the event raised $755. Right now, including the money raised at Rocking the Rack, Jenn has raised $2,220, making her shy of her entrance fee by a measly $80 and shy of her personal goal by $2,780.
Um, I think we can do something about that.
If you’d like to support the boobies, make a donation to Jenn’s personal page. If someone you know and love has been affected by breast cancer, let her know while you’re making your donation and she’ll wear a ribbon in their honor during the walk.
Together, we can save the boobies!