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Passion and Purpose Saves Lives

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medium_4593736342 Every year since I was in 8th grade I have participated in the Entertainment Industry Foundation Revlon Run/Walk in Los Angeles, California. The event seeks to improve the lives of cancer patients and survivors though increased awareness, education, research, and diagnostic treatment services. Created in 1994 by Lilly Tartikoff, Ronald O. Perelman and the Entertainment Industry Foundation, the EIF Revlon Run/Walks has distributed over $70 million in the fight against women’s cancer. Like American Century, this organization seeks to improve the lives of those fighting against cancer and other atrocities.

My grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer before I was born. While I didn’t witness  her fight first-hand, I can only imagine the emotional toll and physical strength needed to combat such an aggressive disease. As a cancer survivor, my grandmother exuded vigor and determination and lived to be 95 years old. I admire her courage every single day. While I have been fortunate not to have any other immediate family members with cancer or other gene-based diseases, I have friends with family members that aren’t so lucky. For them, I participate in the Revlon Run/Walk. For them, I support  Jim Stowers. For them, I watch programs such as the  American Century Championship. Because every little thing counts. Through increased support and awareness, institutions like the Stowers Institute for Medical Research can make a difference.

I’ve heard the statistic that 1 in 7 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. That means that of my group of close friends, one of us is likely to battle the disease during our lifetime. That’s a scary statistic and the odds are not great. If there is anything I can do to decrease those odds – and support those afflicted at the same time, I’m game. Whether a charity walk, increasing awareness or helping out a friend who has a sick family member, it is important to remember that every action counts. Together, our voices are louder and our actions make a greater impact. Together, we can accomplish great things. Together, we can save lives.

This post was created in partnership with American Century Investments. I have received compensation for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

photo credit: Alain Limoges via photopin cc

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