By Greg “Moose” DeMoustes – Pickleball Pro and Trainer
As many of you know, October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
We wear pink and we celebrate the survivors in our lives. Do you know anyone who is a survivor? I certainly do and I love the opportunity to bring more awareness to the disease they’ve battled.
My mother is a two-time survivor, and this December she will celebrate 25 years breast cancer free. My aunt, an Ironman, has battled the disease and my grandmother lost her battle years ago. So many of us have a Breast Cancer survivor as a friend, sister, mother, coach or teacher. One of Paseo Club’s finest and my dear friend Annie Kellogg is a 14 year survivor. Last year the Valencia High School team I coached dedicated their play in October to Coach Kellogg who forged her battle even while battling the disease. We had shirts made to support awareness, and the team was only too happy to show their support of an incredible coach and mentor.
By the numbers, about 1 in 8 US women will develop an invasive breast cancer in her lifetime. While less likely to occur in males, a man is not immune to the disease. A man has a lifetime risk of about 1 in 883 of developing the cancer as well.
According to the US Center for Disease Control, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the United States, no matter their race or nationality. As the science and treatment continue to evolve, deaths from breast cancer have lessened, but the threat remains. Even with early detection, breast cancer can be fatal.
While we continue to fight to find a cure, we want to help support in any way we can for those ladies who mean so much to us. At Paseo Club, that means taking part in our annual Ladies Mixer to Support! The event will be taking place October 28 from 9-11am. Come out to play some tennis and show your favorite pink while donating to a wonderful cause. Proceeds from the event will be going to SHARE. SHARE is a nationally recognized four star charity whose mission is to support, educate, and empower people affected by breast cancer.