With Mother’s Day just around the corner, my thoughts go to my daughter who is now a sophomore in college. One of my favorite stories from when she was little was the time she asked me what I did when I went to work. She must have been around four. I told her “I fix owies on ladies breasts.” She thought for a moment and then said, “Do you kiss their owies like you do mine so that they’ll get all better?” I wish it were that easy!
There’s certainly something about being a mom that makes you want to make everything right. When I was a surgeon, I met woman after woman who would navigate through her diagnosis and treatment with the goal of never missing a carpool pick-up, a soccer game, or a child’s musical performance. Time after time, these women refused to relinquish their role as “Mom” to this disease, or to allow it to invade their children’s lives. I’m not sure many of them viewed this as a choice. I think they just thought that’s what a mother does.
Today, as I tour the country talking about breast cancer and the Foundation, I find that I’m as likely to meet a woman whose mother had breast cancer as I am a woman who is herself a survivor. Not surprisingly, both groups of women share the same goal: ending this disease so that no oneâ€”mother or daughterâ€”has to watch someone they love go through it.
As you think about the mothers you know and love, hope that you will consider honoring them this Mother’s Day with a gift to the Foundation. Your contribution will help us to expand our research program, bringing us closer to our goal of going Beyond a Cure and ending breast cancer in our lifetime.
Not only do I believe this is possible, I know that there are a lot of mothers who are counting on me to do it. And I’m not going to let them down. Happy Mother’s Day!