The first time I donated to Breast Cancer Action, I was struggling financially. My initial reaction to their request for financial support was: “I wish I could, but I can’t afford it. Once I can meet my own needs, then I can help others.”
I feared toxic chemicals in my environment were at least partially to blame for my breast cancer diagnosis and was spending my money on several anti-cancer supplements and detoxifying products. I didn’t have much wiggle room in my budget.
Then I changed my mind. I realized that making a gift to BCAction is a way of maximizing my every dollar. My health is bound up with the health of other women, and the health of all of us is bound up with the health of the Earth. Anti-cancer supplements could only benefit me, but my donation to BCAction greatly benefits me and my family, friends, and neighbors; and you and yours.
On the morning I was scheduled to go to the surgeon’s office to hear the results of my breast biopsy, I pushed aside my anxiety and defiantly put on my Wonder Woman T-shirt. No way could I be diagnosed with breast cancer at age 30, I thought, when I was healthy and fit, had no family history of the disease, and was wearing a Wonder Woman t-shirt. But when the surgeon couldn’t meet my eyes, I knew it was bad news.
Somewhere in the midst of treatment, I found Breast Cancer Action and exhaled a breath I didn’t even realize I was holding. BCAction felt like “home” to me. No pink ribbons and no cheerful platitudes. Instead, a hard-working organization dedicated to radical change in breast cancer.
I trust BCAction to tell me the truth. I trust them to take bold action for my health and yours because they don’t accept corporate funding from companies that profit from or contribute to cancer.
- I love that BCAction works to protect everyone from carcinogenic chemicals in our air, food, and everyday products.
- I love that BCAction strives for equity and quality healthcare for all women, regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or income level.
- I love that BCAction will go as far as they need to ensure that a woman’s body is her own, including challenging corporate patents on our genes.
- I love that BCAction fearlessly challenges pinkwashers that increase our risk of breast cancer while peddling highly profitable pink ribbon products.
BCAction has no hidden agenda or corporate sponsors to placate. Three out of every four of BCAction funding dollars comes from members like you and me.
Instead of putting my faith in Wonder Woman, I now believe in Wonder Women. We’ve shown that when we join together, we create a powerful force for change.
I hope you’ll join me in supporting BCAction and building the power of an organization working for a more just, healthy world for all of us.