When It Matters Most

When It Matters Most

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Monday, June 29, 2015 - 12:00pm

CAMPAIGN: Making a World of Difference


Cancer is not fair. At all. For those of us who have received the news that you, or a loved one, have been diagnosed with cancer know that it comes with many overwhelming emotions. Fear, uncertainty, hopelessness, anger. With more than 800,000 new cases of cancer among women in the United States expected this year (according to the American Cancer Society) chances are you or someone you know has been touched by the disease and felt this wave of emotions.

Late last year, my (then) 29 year-old sister was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer. With little to no family history of breast cancer, she had never had (or needed to have) a mammogram before and luckily found this on her own. Thanks to her amazing team of doctors, and the support of family and friends, my sister is on the road to recovery and is not only surviving, but thriving.

Unfortunately, not all sisters are able to share happy endings about their sister’s battle with cancer like I am. Cancer is the second leading cause of death in women, and is one of the reasons why The Mary Kay FoundationSM is committed to eliminating cancers affecting women by supporting top medical scientists searching for a cure for breast, uterine, cervical and ovarian cancers. This year they awarded 13 $100,000 grants to some of the most-respected institutions in the country. Since the Foundation began in 1996, it has invested more than $22 million towards this cause.

I hope that in the future no one has to experience cancer in any way shape or form. Until then, I’m thankful for organizations like The Mary Kay FoundationSM who understand the importance of research and are there when it matters most. 

Watch this video to learn more about the Foundation’s cancer grant program. For additional information about The Mary Kay Foundation visit marykayfoundation.org.

Virginia Hock is on the Corporate Communications team at Mary Kay working on U.S. public relations initiatives and is the managing editor of Mary Kay’s Beauty That Counts blog. Follow Virginia on Twitter @vhock.