Supporting the Kay Yow Cancer Fund can help mothers survive cancer and see their children grow.

Many years ago as a young couple, our lives were touched by breast cancer. Our close friends, Earl and Linda, were the proud parents of two beautiful, happy, red-haired children. When those children were only two and four years old, Linda was diagnosed with breast cancer. She had surgery, and, with a smile of her face bravely continued to face each day. With the surgery behind her, it was time to move on with her life, cancer-free. Linda enrolled in nursing school, and my wife and I happily served as their designated babysitters.

However, life would change quickly for Linda. While having a follow-up visit with her doctor, he discovered another lump and quickly sent her for a biopsy. The dreaded news came soon after, Linda once again had cancer. Being the ever-positive person she was, she was ready for another surgery and round of chemotherapy. She faced it with courage, believing this would be the end and she would live to see her children grow.

This time was different for Linda. The doctors realized that the cancer was more widespread than before. There would be no healing this time. As I saw Linda in a hospital bed in her living room, struggling for breath, I came face to face with the tragic death of a young woman. I realized this could affect any one of us.

My wife and I will never forget seeing those two little tear-stained faces asking where mommy was and assuring them that she was with Jesus and some day they would see her again.

Almost 30 years later, we once again faced cancer with two close friends. But, the story has changed. Both of these ladies have survived breast cancer and are a tribute to the countless hours and tireless work doctors have spent on research. The treatment has changed and the survival rate has increased, but research cannot continue if we don’t GIVE to this worthy cause.

This is why I am wearing pink. And, this why I am asking you to join the movement and support the fight against breast cancer.

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