Breast Cancer is a very worthy cause, and I fully support the research and funding that goes towards it. However, I'm jealous, I suppose, of the amount of attention that it gets. Sure, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, but why do retailers (I'm looking at you Target and Vons) start pulling out the Pink merchandise in mid-September?
Today at Vons I was asked if I wanted to donate money to Breast Cancer funding. Sure, I have no problem with this except THAT IT'S STILL CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS MONTH. Not that Vons supported Childhood Cancer funding and research with it's checkout donation program anyway. I know there are a million worthy causes out there, but this one is obviously mine. A few weeks ago I asked my checker how I could contact Vons (corporate) to find out about getting them to add childhood cancer donations to their checkstand donation program. She didn't know, and didn't offer to get a manager. I looked around online and found the right person/department to email. The email ended up being sent back to me with a notice that that email address no longer works. Nice.
If 10% of the funds donated to Breast Cancer were instead donated to Childhood Cancer, it would make a huge difference in helping to find a cure, or in the least, finding better treatment plans for children. I don't wish to take any funding away from Breast Cancer reasearch, I just wish that Childhood Cancer funding and research got a fraction of the amount of attention that Breast Cancer Awareness does.
End of rant.