According to the American Cancer Society, 1 in every 8 women, roughly 13%, in the United States is diagnosed with breast cancer. In 2009 alone, it was estimated that 192,370 new cases of invasive breast cancer were diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 62,280 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer. With all of these statistics being thrown around, it is very likely that you know someone or will know someone that is diagnosed with breast cancer in your own life time. Here at Komen Columbus, we have always tried our best to be a source of support and encouragement to all those involved during breast cancer struggles and hardships. In recent years, we have developed Survivor Kits which contain small trinkets of faith and invite the receiver to feel welcomed into a community of breast cancer patients and survivors.
Survivor Kits are designed to bring feelings of hope and empowerment to anyone who receives one. Inside, Kits contain pamphlets on breast cancer research and wellness tips, as well as stories from other survivors. It also comes equipped with poems, books and music to brighten anyone’s day and give a small reminder to keep optimism and faith alive in the minds of those affected by breast cancer. All Kits also contain items representing the international symbol recognized for breast cancer: the pink ribbon. This pink ribbon, first introduced by Komen for the Cure, has been connected to breast cancer awareness for decades. It represents power, passion and strength in the growing community of breast cancer survivors and their companions.
If you know of someone who has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer, is going through treatment for breast cancer or is struggling with survivorship issues, a survivor kit could brighten their day and show you care. The kits are colorfully painted and decorated by local student organizations.
To request a survivor kit, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’d be happy to help!