This is October. Oktober in Germany, where the famous Oktoberfest is held. To some it is "Pinktober",this year's theme the Susan B. Komen Foundation promotion of breast cancer awareness. This is when everybody goes pink crazy sporting pink ribbons, pink stuff, buying pink this and pink that to raise awareness for breast cancer. Others go to ridiculous lengths such as humongous bras on the handlebars of pink bicycles in gyms not far from where children play while their parents work out. Rather tacky, in my opinion. What has happened is a movement I call, "Join the Pink Brigade". It's group think. Here is a link to one woman's view of this phenomenon called, "Please Put That Pink Can of Soup Down and Put Your Bra Back On" appearing on Huffington Post. I hope it makes you think before you join the "Pink Brigade". Thank you Lauren for sharing that on Facebook.
You see, there is more than breast cancer, there is CANCER. A horrific beast the sucks the life out of it's victims. They all fight valiantly, yet only a few survive to tell the tale. Lauren is my older daughter. She shared that because of the cancer her Dad fought for 4 years. My younger daughter Rachel and my son Seth also lost their Dad, missing him greatly. I lost my first husband. He fought stage 4 colon cancer due to no fault of his own a few years ago at age 50. We lost other family members to cancer as well. My aunt and my first husband's aunt died from breast cancer, his uncle died of bone cancer.We ministered to several cancer victims and their families. There are so many people who helped us directly who I could never thank enough for giving their time, energy, and resources to help us directly during Don's battle with cancer, and even after his death. That meant more than sporting a blue ribbon.
Picture above: Don recovering from surgery and chemo 2009.
The devastation of cancer has faces and stories. I am working on a book project sharing not only our story of Don's journey, but offering hope and help, directing the spouse-caregiver of victims of cancer to the Source of all hope during such a tough journey. If you or someone you know has been a spouse-caregiver of someone with terminal cancer or is a widow/er of a someone who died from cancer, have them contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to get my survey. If they are willing to fill out a survey to help with my book project, I would really appreciate it. All information will be kept confidential and will only be used for content and format of the book. They will appear in the Thank You portion of Acknowledgements. Thank you.
If you want to help, you can do better than join the "Pink Brigade" or sport a colored ribbon. There are several foundations who help patients and their families. You can donate directly to help fund research, help cancer patients and their families with the financial burdens of treatment, surgery, travel, and scholarships for victims' children for college. You can give directly to the American Cancer Society. You can donate time and resources directly to patients and their families in your church and community. If you really want to make a difference, do these things instead Matthew 10:40-42. When we do something to help someone else with their need, we also do it for Jesus. Thank you for your consideration of this huge need.
Another way you can be a blessing this month is with the Teal Pumpkin Project. I am a scrooge when it comes to Halloween; however, there are children with food allergies who will be coming to your door this month. If you are willing to offer treats to these children, please follow the guidelines to help them stay safe this year. Too many kids are dying from anaphylaxis-- the inability to breath resulting from a severe allergic reaction.No one should have to worry about dying from what they eat. "The TEAL PUMPKIN PROJECT and the Teal Pumpkin Image are trademarks of Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE)."
Okay, I'm off my soapbox now.
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May the Lord bless you this week!