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Why I support breast cancer walks

Thousands started Sunday in the 5K walk during the annual Race for the Cure event At Southdale Center, in Edina, Minn. The race honors women who are breast cancer survivors, and raises money to fight breast cancer.
Thousands started Sunday in the 5K walk during the annual Race for the Cure event At Southdale Center, in Edina, Minn. The race honors women who are breast cancer survivors, and raises money to fight breast cancer. Associated Press

In “Why I Don’t Support Breast Cancer Walks,” author Karuna Jaggar argues that the millions raised by Susan G. Komen and the Avon Foundation for Women aren’t properly accounted for “and donors deserve that information.”

As a 16-year Avon veteran participant, I understand Jaggar’s frustration: Every 3 minutes, someone is diagnosed with breast cancer and 1 in 8 women will battle the disease in her lifetime. When will this disease be conquered?

However, I continue to sign up, raise funds and train because this devastating disease does not pause; it is relentless.

I believe the contributions and advances from thousands of walkers, crew members, volunteers, paid staff and administrators raising the pink ribbon flag of awareness brings movement toward our ultimate victory.

Jaggar, executive director of Breast Cancer Action, should welcome this and join us to end breast cancer while supporting those battling the disease. Visit www.avon39.org and www.avonfoundation.org/grants for details. Then sign up to walk, crew, volunteer and/or make a contribution to one of the many walks.

Valerie Barboza, San Luis Obispo

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