I can’t believe that summer is already here! The months are just flying by, and there is still so much that I want to accomplish in 2009!
Not that I’ve just been sitting around. Last month, I had the pleasure of joining the more than 200 amazing women and men who took part in the Second Annual Pacific Palisades Love Walk, which raised more than $40,000 for the Foundation’s research programs. It was incredible to be in the company of so many people who are committed to ending this disease, and I want to again thank the Pacific Palisades Junior Women’s Club for working with us on this event, as well as our sponsors: Career Builders, City National Bank, Prudential Real Estate, and Pump Station & Nurtury.
Just a few days before the Love Walk, I flew up to San Francisco to help the Avon Foundation for Women, our partner in the Love/Avon Army of Women, celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Avon Comprehensive Breast Center at San Francisco General Hospital. Reese Witherspoon is the Honorary Chairman of the Avon Foundation for Women, and she was one of the hundreds of people there celebrating Avon’s commitment to ending breast cancer and the amazing work that San Francisco General Hospital has done to bring breast health services to underserved populations.
I was one of the event’s speakers, and when I spoke about the Army of Women, the enthusiasm for our work was palpable! Reese spoke last. She talked about the great work Avon has done, and how excited she was to celebrate the fifth birthday of the Avon SFGH Breast Center! Then, much to my astonishment, she said, “I was so impressed by Dr. Love and her Army of Women that I have decided to sign up myself!” An hour later she made good on her promise, joining me at a computer and becoming AOW member number 278,027! Don’t miss this great video news clip.
My goal is to recruit one million women for the Army of Women by Octoberâ€”and that’s just four months away! (As you know, I’m always in a hurry!) Reese got us one step closer to that goal, and I hope that you will follow in her footsteps and do the same. If you haven’t yet joined our Army of Women, please sign up TODAY! And if you already have, don’t stop there. See if you can get three of your friends to join us in this revolutionary opportunity to change the face of breast cancer research! And please send me an email, when you do!
Whenever I attend a speaking event, someone always asks: When will the next edition of your book be out? Well, I’m please to let you know that I’m working on the 5th Edition right now, and my editor hopes to have it on bookshelves nationwide by October 2010. This time, I’m hoping to include more personal stories from women who have experienced breast problems, benign and malignant. Right now, we’re looking for stories from women who have been told they have “fibrocystic disease” or any other benign breast problems. We’re also looking for stories from women who have had plastic surgery, either reductions or implants. What was it like? What do you wish you had known? If you’d like to share a bit about your experience, you can send me an email. I look forward to hearing your stories! And stay tuned: We will be looking for breast cancer stories soon.