Giving: Breast cancer
battle gets a lift
Editor’s note: The Ann launched a series on giving with our December issue, focusing on people and organizations that, through their generosity, help make this a stronger and better community. It continues with this column by Michigan First Lady Sue Snyder.
Ann Arbor is a fantastic city. It’s a great place to live and raise a family. Living here many years, it’s exciting to watch it grow and if you look up at the skyline you might notice something new and a little different: A bright pink elevator on the development at 618 S. Main St.
The pink construction elevator is the first of a national campaign to support women fighting breast cancer. The initiative is a partnership between Metro Elevator Co. and the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Together, they will join with development companies across the country to place these elevators high above cities in an effort to raise awareness about the disease too many women have to face.
For every “like” the 618 S. Main St. effort gets on Facebook, a dollar will be donated to Susan G. Komen to support women fighting breast cancer in our state.
I have long been a supporter of breast cancer awareness, an issue near and dear to my heart. As an 11-year breast cancer survivor, I understand firsthand the physical and emotional toll cancer takes not only on the person facing the diagnosis but on their family and friends as well. My mother died from the disease about 30 years ago and my grandmother fought it, too.
Among Michigan women, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death and is the most frequently diagnosed form of cancer. We have the chance to help women in our community by working alongside initiatives like the pink elevator project and Susan G. Komen Michigan. With our involvement more women can be connected with necessary and life-saving treatment and screening programs.
I am thankful every day that we were able to catch my cancer early. I am one of the lucky ones. Early diagnosis is key to survival. I cannot stress enough the importance mammograms, self-checks and doctor visits as preventative measures. If caught before it spreads the chances of beating breast cancer increase significantly.
As first lady of Michigan, I’ve been fortunate to have a platform to give back and encourage our communities to support women fighting breast cancer. It’s an honor to have the first pink elevator be not only in Michigan, but also my hometown.
I hope we reach a day where no woman has to fight cancer. Until that day comes, I can’t think of a brighter way to raise awareness for this cause and I encourage everyone to become a supporter. The more awareness we raise, the closer we come to finding a cure.
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