Breast Cancer Awareness Bracelet
by Dr. John Luton
Why would any man want to wear a pink breast cancer awareness bracelet?
You know, I’ve never been really big on subscribing to stereotypes. In fact, you might say I have a little bit of a rebel spirit in me. Okay, I have a lot of rebel spirit! But with regards to what I’m about to share, I won’t make any apology for expressing the way I feel. Where’s this going? Just stay tuned.
One of the sweetest people I’ve ever known – Susan
The first time I ever met Susan, I realized she was a special person. I knew her husband because we were both in the same line of work. But Susan taught elementary school with my wife. One thing we all agreed on – Susan was a beautiful person!
I always regret having to speak of someone in the past tense, but in Susan’s case it’s necessary. While Susan clung tenaciously to life as she battled breast cancer, she finally had to surrender to that dreaded disease that has claims the lives of so many women, both young and old, every year.
In fact, we’re told that more than 40,000 women die of breast cancer each year. Now, I’m afraid I have a confession to make. Maybe you can relate to it. That number didn’t mean very much to me until Susan died. But now I realize that each number represents a precious life that has touched many other lives. Each number stands for a person who is no longer sharing life with friends and family. So many grieving family members have to deal with a huge void in their lives as they continue the business of living. I also realize, painfully, that someone loved every one of those beautiful people as much as we all loved Susan.
The Breast Cancer Awareness Bracelet
One of the best ways of raising people’s awareness of the tragic effects of breast cancer is by wearing the Breast Cancer Awareness Bracelet. These bracelets are sometimes pink in color, but more and more varieties are popping up every day. I guess the important thing is to get one and wear it. The more I think about it, the better I like the idea of a man wearing a pink bracelet. After all, that pink bracelet will definitely attract attention. And when people ask what’s up, tell them it’s your Breast Cancer Awareness Bracelet. And, if you want, you can also tell them about Susan, or someone like her. Maybe if enough people are talking about breast cancer, then fewer people will die.
What will you do to stamp out breast cancer? Make a commitment to get your Breast Cancer Awareness Bracelet right now! The life you help to save may be someone you love!
Growing up in northeastern North Carolina,
John Luton marveled as his father told stories about his
childhood and World War II adventures. Bluebird
in Belgium relates those wonderful stories.
Dr. Luton teaches world literature and
mass communication at Elizabeth City State University.
The Lutons have three grown children.