My family was very poor when I was a child. I usually wished my parents had more money to buy me new clothes, dolls, and comic books. When I grew up a little bit, I wished I would have a lot of money, but when I knew my close friend died of breast cancer, I recognized it was very important to have a good health than money. We cannot make money, enjoy our life, and do whatever we want if we have bad health. Suppose I won $10 million, I would chose the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF for short) to donate half of the money, and I would keep the other half for another plan. I would share and use the money like that for several reasons.
First of all, breast cancer would still be considered one disease. Many facts about the genetic basis of breast cancer would not be known. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. About 5 to 10 percent of breast cancers are thought to be hereditary. In United States, there are over 2.9 million breast cancer survivors, and over 200,000 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer this year. Until now, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer.
In addition, there was little research organization in the treatment of breast cancer. It didn’t lack the manpower but didn’t have enough equipment and machinery, especially financial resources. BCRF is an independent, not-for-profit organization. Its missions achieve prevention and a cure for breast cancer in our lifetime by providing critical funding for innovative clinical and translational research at leading medical centers worldwide, and increasing public awareness about good breast health.
Finally, I would use the other half of money…