Mother’s Day weekend has always left me feeling a little hollow. In my own life, the decision to not have children wasn’t exactly a purposeful one, but more something I arrived at after realizing that my personal circumstances just weren’t going to support the idea of having children. But, in some way, aren’t all women still Mother’s? We’re the predominant caregivers to family members with illnesses. We’re the predominant number of school teachers in our educational system, and with a huge lead–we’re also the vast majority of nurses in this country. We’re the nurturers, the caregivers and the people that many turn to when they’re broken, lonely and needing to be cared for. So it seemed fitting to me that on a weekend where many were celebrating the strength and resiliency of women everywhere, that I made a contribution to an organization that supports those individuals who are in need now of someone else’s care. Whether you’re a Mom or not–the fight against cancer of ANY variety is an arduous and sometimes lonely battle. By contributing to the Terri Brodeur Breast Cancer Foundation, I wanted to make a statement that said “I may not have a child of my own, but the Mom in me sees the Mom in you–and I honor your fight.” So, Happy Mother’s Day–to us all.
(From their Website:) “TBBCF is a non-profit group committed to fighting breast cancer by directing 100% of gross fundraising dollars directly to breast cancer research. Administrative costs are either sponsor supported or volunteer provided.
Established in 2006 by two friends, Norma Logan and Sandy Maniscalco, who realized the need for a new kind of fundraising organization. It was established to honor Terri Brodeur, who succumbed to the disease in 2005 after a two-year battle with breast cancer. Norma died of breast cancer six months after Terri.
Since 2006, TBBCF has awarded 44 breast cancer researchers $4.4 million in research grants. These awards are intended to support PhD, MD/PhD and MD physician scientists at early stages of their research careers to enable them to develop independent careers in breast cancer research. The Foundation seeks to fund broadly across all relevant disciplines and as such focus areas can include basic, pre-clinical and clinical research.”