Blog Post #1

14 Oct

“Thanks NFL; I’m now aware of breast cancer!”

In this article, a blogger who goes by the name of Stendhal, responds to the NFL, along with other sports, that have been promoting the “Breast Cancer Awareness Month” theme of wearing pink. He is opposed to the idea because he thinks that the donations collected do not go towards finding a cure, rather they are simply all part of a marketing scheme. He is absolutely correct. Breast cancer awareness month is October, but what about all of the other forms of cancer and diseases that women all throughout the world are suffering and dying from every single day? How come there is no month for them? It all does seem like a big marketing gimmick.

I think that breast cancer is a very serious disease and it definitely requires attention. Stendhal has the same view and he says that “there’s no question that breast cancer is a serious disease, but you don’t cure disease with slogans or more money in the pockets of the NFL or Procter&Gamble.” Drug companies that come out with cancer treating drugs should work harder to find the cause of these diseases and a cure for them and then advertise that during the month of October (breast cancer awareness month). It seems as though every month, there are walks for a cure and millions of dollars are donated, but where is all of this money going? Where is the cure for all of these sick people?

I for one can personally say that I know how hard it is to watch someone pass away right in front of your eyes. My father passed away 2 years ago from pancreatic cancer which spread to his liver. It seemed like the more times he went for chemotherapy, the sicker he got. He lost about 100 pounds in 3 months and passed away right in front of our eyes and none of the treatments he underwent and none of the drugs that he took helped him. So this brings me to the question “where is all of this money going?”

By: Monica Garber


6 Responses to “Blog Post #1”

  1. darian12 October 14, 2010 at 6:50 pm #

    I completely agree with what you are saying. I know many people that are doing breast cancer walks this month and they have to raise around $1,500 dollars in donations. But as you said no one knows where the money is going. Is it going to treatment, research no one knows yet they still donate. I think that people need to stop making it more of a fad by wearing all this pink gear and actually fight for people that are having these cancers by finding out where the money is going. Like Monica said drug companies should try harder during breast cancer awareness month so that the money is actually going somewhere to help these people. So much money has been donated but what has changed? Something needs to change to help these suffering people.

  2. jd316 October 15, 2010 at 2:17 pm #

    I really enjoyed your post. If you want to know the answer to your question I suggest watching Penn and Tellers Bulls***. It is a non biased show which does research on current politcal topics and social situations. They do an episode on the breast cancer walks and the go into detail on how most of the money raised is spent on other things. I don’t remember the exact details but I suggest checking it out in order to help clear some information for yourself.

    • monicagarber1989 October 16, 2010 at 6:06 am #

      That is very interesting. Thank you for your suggestion! I will definitely watch it. It’s so sad that most of the money raised is spent on other things meanwhile there are so many sick people out there hoping for a cure. What is even sadder is that many women who currently have breast cancer are the ones participating in these walks and investing their precious time and energy. It is so unfair that the details of how the proceeds raised are disbursed are concealed from the public.

  3. itzjessicax3 October 15, 2010 at 2:59 pm #

    All the money is going to the greedy people in the world. I agree that its a marketing strategy because if you see a famous person in the media whether on tv or magazine with a product, you may want to buy it. Presumably if they asked famous people to promote, they would get more people to join aboard because of their social status. People can say “Oh since she’s/he’s doing it all do it too”

  4. dsapanaro October 15, 2010 at 5:32 pm #

    Monica, I really enjoyed reading your post. It made me truly realize and ask the same question, “Where is all the money going?” It also makes me feel like our society and large corporations are manipulative, that they are raising all this money possibly just for themselves and only a little bit goes to the cause. I feel the mask needs to be lifted on large corporations and their operations.

  5. monicagarber1989 October 17, 2010 at 11:41 pm #

    Thank you! I agree. The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer was held today in New York City. I wonder how much of the money that was raised will actually go towards finding a cure. So many people wake up every morning praying to see tomorrow. It’s very sad that every penny raised is not going directly towards the cause.

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