There really is no other way to describe it and, unfortunately, I don’t believe there is such a thing as a "cancer-free" life. If you don’t already, you will, in your lifetime, know someone who has been deeply affected by the disease. They will have either battled the disease themselves or, like me, have faced the diagnosis of a loved one. My mother was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer in May 2005, and after a courageous and hard-fought battle, on February 28, 2008, this disease claimed her life.
After a particularly dramatic episode of Grey's Anatomy, and one too many cocktails, I decided that it was my responsibility to do something. With the support of friends willing to contribute time, money, and effort, The Pink Agenda was born.
The Pink Agenda is a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization committed to raising money for breast cancer care and research and awareness of the disease among young professionals. We hope that our efforts will not only expedite the eventual discovery of a cure for the disease, but that the awareness we raise among those in our generation will result in earlier detection, as well as an understanding of where to go for support and resources if ever faced with a breast cancer diagnosis. Funds raised by The Pink Agenda benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute's Program for Young Women with Breast Cancer.
For all of the strides that have been made in the fight against breast cancer, young professionals have remained largely underengaged and underutilized in the search for a cure, and The Pink Agenda is endeavoring to change that. By hosting events in cities such as New York, Boston, Chicago, Washington, DC, and Los Angeles, we’re bringing our message—and a whole lot of fun—to a new generation of philanthropists.
Breast cancer has touched far too many lives already. Please join us as we engage today’s generation to find tomorrow’s cure. Together, we can make breast cancer history.
Marisa Renee Lee
Any time a loved one is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, the information gathering process can be incredibly overwhelming. Breast cancer is particularly difficult as the disease has a variety of stages and relevant treatment options. To the right are some of the breast cancer resources The Pink Agenda has found to be most helpful. Please feel free to contact us, for more information.
To get involved with The Pink Agenda, or if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions please contact us at email@example.com.
Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF)
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
National Cancer Institute
American Cancer Society
The Johns Hopkins Avon Foundation Breast Center
Medical News Today