My cousin was diagnosed with Breast Cancer at the age of 51, it was a very tough thing for our family to go through. Luckily, my cousin was a fighter, she beat Cancer and has been Cancer free for 5 years.
Not Just October was created to emphasize
Not Just October, a non – profit, 501(c)(3) organization, was created to expand the knowledge and resources available to breast cancer patients, survivors, and their supporters. We are dedicated to fostering a culture of encouragement, advocacy, and total support. Through the promotion of education and community engagement, we hope to improve the awareness around breast cancer and its effect on families around the world.
Lavar Jacobs founded the organization in memory of his mother, Kim, who passed away in 2009 from breast cancer. His vision is to change the way that our communities think and talk about breast cancer and continue to stress the importance of regular health screenings.
Through frequent community events and outreach programs, Not Just October continues to spread our message and garner support from people around the country. Whether supporters are donating a dollar or spending just an hour of their time helping to make a breast cancer patient’s life just a little bit easier, their commitment is appreciated and helps to reinforce the ideals that NJO was founded upon.
Stories of Hope
Earlier this year my mother went for her routine mammogram which included a sonogram of her breast. Not long after, she received a call from her doctor encouraging her to get a biopsy because they had found a suspicious mass. My mother didn’t want to alarm me so she tried to bring it up nonchalantly. I could tell that she was scared and so was I but the tables had turned and now I had to be her rock. I’ll never forget the day she called me to say that it was indeed cancer that they had found. I had just left a meeting at work. I pulled my car over and once we hung up I allowed myself five minutes to cry. My husband’s grandma passed from breast cancer and that was the order she gave her kids-cry for five minutes then remember all of the good times. We went into this diagnosis giving it all up to God. We agreed that depression was not going to help us. When we were worried, we prayed. When we were scared, we educated ourselves. When we were angry, we fought by advocating, educating and fundraising. Now here we are 2 lumpectomies and 6 weeks of radiation later. My mother returns for another mammogram in January 2015. My mom is a boss! We are using what could have been a horrible experience and turning it into a platform to help others. Just as cancer is relentless, we are too. We will continue to educate, advocate and raise funds for a cure!