Austin, TX (PRWEB) December 12, 2007
Carol of Texas made a recent visit to her doctor for a mammogram and as a result, had to have a biopsy. The prognosis was not positive for her. Carol has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer. She is now facing an extensive treatment plan of radiation and chemotherapy.
Because Carol is a single woman and has no family to rely on for help, nor does she have insurance, she is in need of financial assistance to cover the expensive cost of treatment and possible double mastectomy. Breast Cancer Survivors of Texas, founders of the "Support the Girls" and "The New Awareness" breast cancer awareness campaigns (http://www.thenewawareness.com) are launching a fundraiser for Carol.
"Women like Carol who have a lack of insurance face lower survival rates, and we needed to take fast action to help her," says Lisa Mead, founder of Breast Cancer Survivors of Texas.
According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer patients with lower incomes are more likely than higher income patients to be diagnosed with an advanced stage of disease and to have lower 5-year survival rates. "If Carol can get the financial resources behind her, she has a better chance at survival and we are calling for everyone whose lives have been affected by breast cancer, to give back and help Carol fight the disease," says Mead.
Breast cancer is the number one cause of cancer death in Hispanic women. It is the second most common cause of cancer death in white, black, Asian/Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaska Native women. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show in 2004 (the most recent year numbers available), 186,772 women and 1,815 men were diagnosed with breast cancer while 40,954 women and 362 men died from breast cancer. These numbers show there is still a good possibility of surviving breast cancer even if diagnosed.
"I am a breast cancer survivor and am one of the lucky ones. I am a single mother without family to fall back on, but I had good health insurance at the time to help with the cost of my treatment." says Mead "With more and more individuals in the United States who don't have adequate insurance, I felt it imperative to help as many people as possible by creating an entity to support a growing need to provide financial resources to men and women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer; and we need your help."
To help with the fundraising campaign, you can make a donation, or buy a t-shirt or other logo product before December 31st, 2007 at the Breast Cancer Survivors of Texas' website http://www.thenewawareness.com. Donations will go to help Carol in what will unfortunately become an extremely expensive race to save her life.
For additional information on the news that is the subject of this release, contact Lisa Mead or visit http://www.thenewawareness.com.
About Breast Cancer Survivors of Texas:
Breast Cancer Survivors of Texas is a non-profit organization founded by Lisa Mead, a breast cancer survivor, to provide financial assistance to individuals who don't have adequate (if any) insurance to cover breast cancer procedures.
Lisa Mead, Founder
Breast Cancer Survivors of Texas