She could be your mother. She could be your sister. She could be your best friend. For me, she was my grandmother.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, breast cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer death among women of all races. Each year more than 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States and each year more than 40,000 of these women die. My name is Jennifer Mullins and I am a student at the University of Florida. In 2001 when I was only 5 years old, my grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer. After many months of radiation and chemotherapy, my family believed that she was “cancer free.”
In the years that passed, I was given a gift; the opportunity to know and love my grandmother and for her to know and love me. In October of 2008, our family received the news that the cancer returned and this time with even a greater vengeance. In the face of a four month death sentence, not a day went by that my grandmother didn’t fight for her life and the chance to watch me and my brothers and cousins grow into adulthood. That wouldn’t happen. After 18 months, my grandmother lost her battle with breast cancer as so many other great women and men that have come before her have.
I, with the help of my mother, created The EBC Foundation to spread the message that early detection saves lives. I dedicate this Foundation in the memory of my grandmother Sandy Zabinsky. Our mission includes increasing awareness through education and research for the prevention and cure of breast cancer. To further this mission, the Foundation hosts educational and sports related events. Our goal is to work together so that you, your mother, your sister, your best friend, your grandmother will one day know a world without breast cancer.
The EBC Foundation is a registered 501C(3) not-for-profit corporation. The net proceeds raised through our events benefit community partners that share a common vision.