October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but are you really fit to be tied by the pink ribbon? You should be. The idiom “fit to be tied,” means to be angry or outraged. You should, in fact, be outraged. Why? Because over 200,000 people – just in the United States, will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year; forty thousand of these patients will die. Given the vital discussion and debate of U.S. healthcare reform, it’s more important than ever that we become “fit to be tied” over the tragic consequences of breast cancer that are so pervasive in our society and around the world, where a woman will die of this disease every sixty-eight seconds.

LikeTheDew will take a hard and sometimes painful, but hopeful look at breast cancer in the month of October. We will share intimate stories of survivors, research, public policies, the excruciating costs, both personal and financial; and the hope for a cure. With knowledge, insight and collaboration, we will focus on the world’s largest grassroots breast cancer organization, leading the way in breast cancer research and support, and screening and education programs for women worldwide: Susan G. Komen for the Cure.Ⓡ

We will take a trip down Mammary Lane with Rosemary Griggs, a St. Simons based artist and determined breast cancer survivor. We will “Imagine,” a time in which breast cancer has been eradicated. We will examine the possibility of environmental influences on breast cancer, and look at the commonalities of 20 Marine MEN suffering with breast cancer. We will seek and encourage reader comments; stories of despair and, ultimately – hope, as time marches toward a cure and earlier detection. Look for the ribbon and join in the conversation; submit your own stories, forward stories to those in need, or make a donation.

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” ~ Dr. Seuss

In months to come we will publish stories related to other important causes. Please share with The Dew about what’s important to you.

Terri Evans

Terri Evans

Terri Evans is 25+year marketing communications professional, a partner at LeslieEvansCreative and Bcauz marketing (cause-related). She has been a food columnist for Atlanta Intown and Atlanta Buckhead newspapers, and a contributing writer for Georgia Magazine, the Atlanta Business Chronicle and other publications. Evans was also a finalist in a Southern Living cooking competition. She is (and has long been) at work on a novel set in the South (of Georgia) and the South (of France). She's always cookin' up somethin'.