When speaking about my platform, I asked the Masons to raise their hand if they knew someone who has been affected by breast cancer and nearly all of them raised their hand. Although the number of men diagnosed with breast cancer seems miniscule compared to the number of women diagnosed each year, caregivership alone abolishes the stereotype that breast cancer is a female disease. After the three of us young women took the floor, I was truly touched by the reaction from this group of men. I had several Masons come up to me and express how breast cancer has touched their lives; many of whom had surviving wives. It never ceases to amaze me the impact breast cancer has on the male population. It was a distinct honor to share stories of survivorship with these men.
This weekend, I will be extending my platform work in Belle Isle at the 10th annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. I am so excited to have my friends and family join me in honor of my mother. To show my appreciation I am making team t-shirts for all of my teammates. I have a lot to do before Saturday, so I better get going!