By Laura Farmer Sherman
Executive director, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, San Diego
As a result of recent budget cuts, every woman won't count unless we all step in and help.
What would you do if you or a loved one couldn't afford a mammogram, but you knew something was wrong? That's a question thousands of women in San Diego County are now asking themselves.
On Jan. 1, California's state screening program shut its doors. They won't reopen until July! And when they do, the program will no longer serve women aged 40 to 49. What's worse, Gov. Schwarzenegger is considering additional cuts for next year.
Last week, Susan G. Komen for the Cure advocates rallied at the Capitol in Sacramento to let their elected officials know that these cuts are unacceptable.
Komen is the world's largest grass-roots network of breast cancer survivors and activists committed to ending breast cancer forever. Second only to the government when it comes to funding breast cancer research and treatment for those in need, the organization will have to work hard to bridge the gap left by budget cuts to help in its mission to provide San Diegans with the breast health services they need, particularly during this uncertain time.
The need is apparent: This year, Komen San Diego received more than $2 million in grant requests. Unfortunately, due to the economy, the organization is only able to fund a fraction. Komen San Diego urges San Diegans to step up and help save women's lives during this time of crisis by donating today to protect breast cancer programs across the country.
There is something you can do about it. While Komen is leading the fight in state capitols across the country, we need the community's help, too. We cannot let these cuts go unchallenged. The lives of our mothers, sisters, daughters, wives, friends and neighbors are at risk. Women in San Diego County are depending on us.
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