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Another View: Take action against breast cancer

By Christy Patton, special to the Press Tribune
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Seventh annual Signe King Memorial Dinner

When: 6-9 p.m. Thursday, May 16

Where: La Provence Restaurant, 110 Diamond Creek Place, Roseville

Cost: $80 per person; $150 per couple (seating limited to 300 guests); sponsorships available

Registration: www.wethinkpink.org or send check payable to Placer Breast Cancer Endowment, P.O. Box 564, Roseville, CA 95678

Info: Carol Garcia, (916) 752-6185; Mary Lathrop, (916) 765-4267

 

At the age of 51, my mother succumbed to breast cancer, leaving behind a loving husband of 33 years and seven children. I was 21; the youngest was my brother, who was 16. I have been an advocate for breast cancer awareness ever since.

I currently work for my uncle, John L. Sullivan, who is a cancer survivor himself. In August of last year, we held a small campaign brunch for Roseville’s vice mayor, Carol Garcia, at our Roseville Toyota facility. While talking with Carol, she noticed the numerous pink ribbon items I have in my office. Carol told me about a local organization she founded, Placer Breast Cancer Endowment, and how its mission was to raise $1 million to fund an endowed chair at UC Davis’ new Comprehensive Cancer Center.

I was so excited to learn more. I explained to Carol my lifelong “mission” of supporting breast cancer awareness. After the brunch that day, Carol invited me to attend the next PBCE meeting. I immediately accepted her invitation and attended the next meeting. I felt a sense of belonging right away and am now a board member of the Placer Breast Cancer Endowment. I love being part of this amazing group of volunteers and survivors promoting and participating in PBCE’s many wonderful community events.

No one should have to go through life without a mother. There are so many questions only your mother can answer or explain. There are so many life-changing moments only your mother can guide you through. Choosing my college courses, getting married, raising my two sons, buying my first home and so many more of life’s challenges would have been much easier had my mother been there with me.

Some people think I’m pink ribbon crazy. I “fly my color” with pride. Because of my personal life experiences, I’m very driven to help in any way to promote breast cancer awareness and help to someday find a cure.