I just signed up to be a volunteer in the Love/Avon Army of Women after seeing a story on ABC News. From their “about us” page:
The Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation and the Avon Foundation, a global leader in breast cancer research, joined forces to launch the Love/Avon Army of Women.
Our revolutionary initiative has two key goals:
- To recruit one million healthy women of every age and ethnicity, including breast cancer survivors and women at high-risk for the disease, to partner with breast cancer researchers and directly participate in the research that will eradicate breast cancer once and for all.
- To challenge the scientific community to expand its current focus to include breast cancer prevention research conducted on healthy women.
Join us in this movement that will take us beyond a cure by creating new opportunities to study what causes breast cancer—and how to prevent it.
Basically they are recruiting a million women of all ages, ethnicities, and family histories to participate in research to help eradicate the disease. I read the FAQ on the site and decided to sign up on the spot. I can choose not to participate in anything or select some that work with my schedule and life. Although there is no history of breast cancer in my family, I know that it could come out of the blue. And I’ve lost friends to this disease.
Frankly, maybe including a healthy obese woman in studies may give them additional information that could help someone else. If I can do something to help researchers save lives, it’s worth it.
I urge you to join me. Take the time to read about the project and register to make a difference.