“If only…”doesn’t have to be a reality

My Grandma passed away from breast cancer in 1965 when my mom was 11 years old. I grew up always knowing that my mom lost her mother when she was just a little girl. As a child, I was afraid the same thing would happen to my mom—the thought was always looming. And sure enough in October 2011—breast cancer awareness month—my mom was diagnosed.

I was really angry. And of course, it was during the “month of pink.” I thought, “If one more person asks me to donate or I saw another pink ribbon I was going to lose it.”

But then my mom ended up being okay. She was so diligent with her mammograms and getting screened—they caught it early enough that she was just fine.

After the dust settled, and I calmed down from my pink tantrum, I realized the difference between when my Grandma was diagnosed and when my mother was diagnosed–was mammograms weren’t part of a woman’s health checklist for my grandma’s generation. Back then, no one talked about breast cancer. Susan G. Komen® didn’t exist and there weren’t communities raising money and awareness for breast cancer.

We have come a long way since my grandma passed. Susan G. Komen has become the largest funder of breast cancer research in the world next to the U.S. government and we have helped decrease the breast cancer mortality rate by 38 percent. But we still have a lot of work to do. One women a day dies of breast cancer in San Diego County and that shouldn’t happen. When government funded programs are unable to fulfill the community’s need or someone is uninsured or underinsured, Susan G. Komen San Diego steps in to fill the service gaps for breast cancer patients and their families.

If only…you decide to donate a small contribution, you can prevent families from having to suffer needlessly.

  • $25 a month funds two life-saving mammograms a year
  • $30 a month funds 120 meals for a patient and her whole family a year
  • $50 a month funds 24 free rides to treatment appointments every year

You can also make a one-time donation that is equally appreciated. Click here to fill out and return in the mail or you can donate online.

If only… everyone in San Diego knew what you know now.

On behalf of the people who thrive today because of Komen San Diego—and in the memory of those who we have lost—please consider becoming a Hero of Hope and join our monthly giving program today.


Annie Alwine
Director of Marketing and Communications
Susan G. Komen® San Diego