Kenna Real Estate Supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Kenna Real Estate is pulling out all the stops to give as much support as we can to the cause. Our familiar Kenna Real Estate signs will be changed from chartreuse to hot pink, and we will donate a percentage of our commissions in October to the Susan G. Komen charity (visit the website www.ww5.komen.org).
˜Together, we can do anything.™ This is part of one of the charity™s mottos, and no truer words were ever spoken. This is also the essence of the annual event that is organized around the world by many breast cancer charities. It is part of what makes Breast Cancer Awareness Month so inspiring to sufferers of breast cancer and their relatives, and anyone else who is moved to help fight this disease. Besides lung cancer, breast cancer is the most deadly of cancers among American women. The good news is that death rates have declined since the 1980s, particularly among women under fifty, and there are currently over 208 million women in the US who have survived breast cancer. About 1% of all breast cancer patients are men, and mortality rates are much lower than in women. However, men are much more likely to ignore the symptoms, and are less likely to seek medical health.
The second part of that motto is: ˜Except stand idly by.™ There™s no room for complacency. The progress made in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer over many decades is a direct result of the fantastic efforts made by the cancer charities, and the generosity of millions of supporters who have ensured that the vital need to fund research and treatment facilities have been met.
Helping the community
Susan G. Komen™s mission is simply to make a difference: in the short term, to help save lives, and in the long term to end the scourge of breast cancer. To this end, the charity funds research and educational programs as well as offering grants that help to ease the financial burden on cancer sufferers and their families. This can also ease the emotional strain that coping with the disease and medical treatment brings. The charity is also an advocate for improved breast cancer policies to ensure the empowerment of sufferers and that everyone receives quality care.
Last year the charity helped more than 50,000 families, giving social and financial support through its community grants to those whose lives have been affected by breast cancer. Komen Colorado scored a great success recently with the 5 kilometer Race for the Cure®. This event took place on September 28, starting at Denver™s Pepsi Center and including a family fun walk besides the main race. For Breast Cancer awareness month, new pink products including clothes, bags, gift and jewelry are available to buy at www.shopkomen.com.
Are you looking to move house? Prospective buyers or sellers in the Denver Metro area, from Lakewood to Aurora, Thornton to Lone Tree, can help the charity by making your real estate transaction in October through Kenna Real Estate, which will add to our donation.
Breast cancer and you
If you have been recently diagnosed with breast cancer, this can be the beginning of an exhausting process leading from shock, confusion, anger and fear to utter despair. It can also lead to hope, relief, acceptance and recovery. You need to go easy on yourself and allow time to work through this process. The human spirit is incredibly resilient. The situation you find yourself in might be the stuff of your nightmares, but it can also lead to a strengthening of your resolve to fight, which stays with you long after recovery. Cancer is life changing in so many ways. It literally turns your world upside-down.
Some of the most important work carried out by Komen Colorado is to help educate people in the community about breast cancer and general breast health. Knowledge is the key to prevention and early detection, and the charity™s outreach programs are dedicated to educating all sectors of the population, particularly those who are under-served by the healthcare services, including Latin American, Hispanic, LGBT and African American communities. It is particularly important to reach African American women, who have a 38% higher death rate from breast cancer than Caucasian women, despite a slightly lower incidence of the disease.
When your breast cancer treatment is completed and you are well on the road to recovery, many cancer patients find that planning ahead can be full of emotional ups and downs. Cancer diagnosis and treatment is a traumatic experience to go through, and no one is unchanged by the process. Komen Colorado is able to help survivors face the lasting emotional problems and physical side-effects and to improve their outlook and the quality of their lives.
Breast cancer remains the most common form of cancer among women living in the United States. In Colorado 1 in 7 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.
By donating to Komen Colorado, a 501(c)(3) charity, you contribute to serving women and men in our 22-county service area who are affected by breast cancer.
Seventy-five percent of funds raised locally are used to provide: breast health and cancer screening, diagnostics and treatment services for women and men who are uninsured or underinsured. To learn more about how Komen Colorado funds are used click here to read about our grantees. Twenty-five percent of net proceeds support breast cancer research.
What is the Susan G. Komen® difference?
Getting a diagnosis and treatment: Komen is the only organization providing uninsured women and men with access to navigation through our complex medical system, screening, diagnostics and treatment.
Researching the Causes and the Treatments: Besides the U.S. government, Komen is the largest funder of breast cancer research in the world. Every advance in breast cancer treatment has been touched by a Komen grant.
In Colorado: Komen Colorado is a local charity with its own board of directors. Funding decisions are made locally to meet the local need.
Grassroots: Komen Colorado operates on a very lean budget with 12 staff and over 1,200 volunteers. Our cost of doing business is $0.25, compared to many other charities that spend 33 cents or more on each dollar for operations. Please consider a donation of whatever you can afford. Every dollar helps. No donation is too small.
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How is Kenna Real Estate Helping the Cause?
We Provide Pink for sale signs that we will post in your yard when you sell you home with us in September and October. For every home with a pink Kenna Real Estate sign in the yard we will donate on the Seller's behalf 5% to 10% of our Commission.