Good luck to Team D&B Supply during the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure tomorrow morning. Our 25 member team has raised over $700 for the Komen Boise Affiliate which goes toward education, screening and treatment services.
We are participating again this year with D&B’s own survivor, Pat Bowen. She is a feisty Mom, Grandma and soon to be retired Accounts Payable Clerk that has been with D&B for 17 years.
Pat wrote the following note to express the importance of preventative maintenance:
I went through my life saying “What I don’t know will not hurt me”. Not true. I had stage IV Breast Cancer and after a year of treatment and surgery, I now have MBC (metastatic breast cancer).
(Fact: 95 percent of funding for breast cancer targets primary breast cancer (stages I through III) leaving only 5 percent for metastatic breast cancer (stage IV). Fact: 30 percent of people with primary breast cancer develop metastatic breast cancer).
I was terrified of having a mammogram. Too many people telling me how bad they hurt. Truth of the matter is this, mammograms have come a long way and they try to make this easy and as comfortable as possible. What’s a little discomfort compared to living with Cancer and not knowing what next to expect? At the age of 61 I have learned a valuable lesson.
Ladies, please get your mammograms. Mammograms are a preventive maintenance on the body. Just like getting your oil changed in a car, we both have the chance of a longer life.
Thank you Pat and thank you to everyone who has donated time, resources and the commitment to making a difference.