Who Are Those Crazy Blinging People? by Beth Cherkowsky

Why Are Those Crazy People Blinging Bras? 
And what do they do with the money??

I'll answer #2 first... we donate 100% (not 90 - not 95..ONE HUNDRED percent) to Susan G Komen For The Cure. 

Why?? (You did ask why, right?) Well because..
Every 69 seconds a woman dies of breast cancer.
One in eight Caucasian women will experience Breast cancer

Breast cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in women after lung cancer -- and is the leading cause of cancer death among women ages 35 to 54

Last Year: 
Susan G Komen funded 600,000 breast cancer screenings last year
Susan G Komen helped 100,000 people financially thru treatment
Susan G Komen did this in 50 countries around the world.

And we (the folks who are participating, including all the eBay employees Kat strong-armed into blinging bras last week at eBay Headquarters..) would like to think we helped with that last year.  We raised over $5000 last year. Our goal for this year is $10,000.  And YOU can help by donating or by bidding on one of these beautiful, funny, mischievous bras.

The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2009, approximately 192,370 women were diagnosed with invasive breast cancer and approximately 40,610 will die. Although these numbers may sound frightening, research reveals that the mortality rate could decrease by 30% if all women age 50 and older who need a mammogram had one.

Only 5% to 10% of breast cancers occur in women with a clearly defined genetic predisposition for the disease. The majority of breast cancer cases are "sporadic," meaning there is no direct family history of the disease. The risk for developing breast cancer increases as a woman ages.

And guys...YOU are NOT SAFE!!  

Breast cancer in men is rare, but it does happen. In 2011, it is estimated that among U.S. men there will be:

2,140 new cases of breast cancer 
450 breast cancer deaths 

We can't spare you so check YOURSELF regularly and bid on an art bra.  The proceeds might help find the cure that saves YOUR life. 

What is an art bra, you ask? (Gosh, you have a lot of questions. But ok, here goes).  Art Bras, as originally found on the internet in 2009 when I started this campaign, are beautiful, or comically, or lovingly decorated bras, that are starched, stiffened, padded and sewn back to front, (for strength) then mounted on a satin hanger or mounted in a shadowbox frame. Some are “in memoriam” of a lost relative or friend who fought breast cancer but succumbed. Some are in memory of a family member who even though they beat breast cancer, they are gone now. Some are just from those of us, who have experienced a close call, or who fought and won (Lee Mirabal, you know who you are..) or some of us who want this disease beaten before our daughters, sisters, moms, grandmoms have to deal with it. ...Remember 1 in 8 women reading this will "experience" breast cancer.  I don't think it's like experiencing a hot air balloon ride or a free fall parachute jump so I don't think it's an experience I want either of my sisters, or any of my sister-in-laws or any female I know to have...so please bid with your hearts and bid to WIN against breast cancer.
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