I have been through many Breast Cancer Awareness months in my life, but this was by far one of the busiest!
My journey began on October 1 in New York, where I went on the Today Show to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Army of Women and the progress we have made since starting this revolutionary initiative.
From there, I stomped on to El Centro, Calif., where I spoke to 2000 Latinas who were attending the Between Women luncheon, and were thrilled to learn about and sign up for the Army of Women. From there, it was on to the Women of Color luncheon in Los Angeles and the Sisters Network Breast Cancer Survivor event, where I met thousands of African American women who were equally excited about taking part.
Then it was back to New York for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, where our very own Army of Women walk team raised more than $100,000 in support of breast cancer research. My next stop was Kansas City, where I spoke to a group of researchers about the Army of Women and how it can help them help all of us understand the cause and prevention of breast cancer. From there, it was on to Las Vegas, where I was one of the featured speakers at the AARP 50+ conference, which had more than 25,000 attendees. No one could believe that in just one year we have recruited more than 300,000 women, and that 80 percent of our volunteers are healthy women who have never had breast cancer.
My final stop before heading home was Dayton, Ohio, where I was a keynote speaker at the 9th Annual Ribbon of Hope luncheon. It was the perfect venue for me to end a busy month of recruitment. Even the men wore pink ties to lend their support.
October may be over, but our work is not done! We need you more than ever! Please help us get to our goal of one million women! If you havenâ€™t signed up for the Army of Women, or havenâ€™t asked all your friends and family members to join, please do so today!Â There has never before been an effort like this one. Come join me and be part of this amazing movement to go beyond a cure.