With Mother’s Day just around the corner, I’ve found myself thinking even more about what it takes to raise a child, to obtain personal goals, to become the best person one can be.

I’ve also been thinking about the mothers who are not here to celebrate this day because their lives were cut short by breast cancer. It’s impossible to fill the void that these women have left behind. But there is something that we can do to honor them: continue the work that is necessary to end breast cancer in our lifetimes.

Over the past 22 years, I have had two priorities: raising my daughter to become the woman she wants to be, and ending breast cancer. I’m proud to say that my wife and I have done the best we can on the first front. The second goal has not yet been achieved, but I do believe it will happen in my lifetime.

The Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation is dedicated to moving breast cancer beyond a cure and ending it once and for all. We continue to be in the forefront of breast cancer research.  From our innovative and groundbreaking Love/Avon Army of Women, which has enrolled nearly 332,000 volunteers, and our Health of Women Study to our intraductal research and the pilot grants we give to jumpstart innovative research projects, we continue to be ahead of the game.  I firmly believe we are on the right track. But to continue to move forward we need your financial support.

This Mother’s Day, I hope you will consider honoring a woman you know with a gift to the Foundation to support our research efforts. Your gift can be in honor or in memory of your own mother, stepmother, foster mom, or aunt. It could be in honor of someone else’s mother, or a woman who was like a mother to you. Or it could be in honor of a little girl who will one day be a mom. Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could keep every little girl from ever having to worry about breast cancer? I know that doing so is within our reach.

I’ve heard many women say that after the terror that surged inside of them when they first heard the words “breast cancer” finally subsided, they were left with a deeper understanding of the importance of showing appreciation for the people they loved, spending time with their children, and reveling in the small moments that so easily get lost in our daily lives.

As we think of all the mothers we know and love, this is a truth we should hold close in our hearts.

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