The first wealth is health. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Okay – so I’m super pumped to be participating in Bust A Move Calgary – it’s a six hour exercise session to raise much needed dough for the Tom Baker Cancer Center here in Calgary. I’ve been lucky to enjoy good health, but I know that the centre needs these funds in order to continue offering the programs and services it does. Events like Bust a Move ensure that dollars are invested into areas of highest need like diagnostic tools that catch cancer early, survivorship programs for women and educational programs.
Investments in the past have enabled progress such as:
- Two state-of-the-art digital mammography screening units which were introduced in 2009 offering greater accessibility for more than 25,000 women in more than 100 rural Alberta communities each year
- More than 50 breast-cancer research projects that are currently underway at the Cross Cancer Institute and beyond
- Researchers such as Dr. Christine Friedenreich have discovered that physical activity can help reduce the risk of breast cancer. Studies continue to focus on type and amount of activity to further reduce risk
- In 2012, Bust a Move Edmonton raised an incredible $400,000 in support of an innovative breast cancer virus discovery project and led by world renowned medical oncologist Dr. John Mackey.
No kidding that this will result in a considerably painful week afterward. No joke. I have full intentions of walking around like a cowboy who’s ridden a clydesdale. But I know that we need these centres to operate at top performance to help women: our grandmothers, mothers, sisters, aunts, daughters and friends.
Please support! Check out my personal fundraising page here.