Bravery.

When my aunt had breast cancer, she went through chemotherapy.  Her hair fell out  in huge chunks.  Eventually, she decided she needed to shave her head.  I remember when she did it.  I felt sick about it.  I can’t imagine shaving my head.  I can’t imagine not having hair.  That may seem like a silly fear, but it’s real for me.  She was brave.  She died with that same courage and strength.

Recently, I met another courageous woman, Erika Vandiver, and her family. She is young and struggling with breast cancer.  She has a little girl.  Her story is amazing and miraculous, but her struggle is not over, far from it.

Since becoming a pro-life advocate, I no longer donate money to Susan G. Komen.  I have stopped donating to any charitable organization that supports Planned Parenthood, either financially or ideologically.

I hate cancer, but I hate abortion even more.  I hate that almost 4,000 children die from abortion every day in this country. I hate that organizations like Komen give our largest abortion provider over $500,000 a year, and I know their talking points. They donate so women are able to receive mammograms, and so Planned Parenthood can provide breast services. 

Well, here’s the truth:

No Planned Parenthood in this country provides mammogram services.  Komen’s donations go into Planned Parenthood’s general operating fund.  There is no oversight of Komen money once it is in Planned Parenthood hands.  Those are facts.

So, now that I am no longer supporting any organization that supports Planned Parenthood or supports embryonic stem cell research, I had to make a decision.  I still wanted to give to the “breast cancer movement,”  but how would I able to do that? 

My decision was to give directly to those struggling with breast cancer.  I decided to give to Erika Vandiver. I decided to give where it was really needed. Fifty dollars doesn’t make much difference to an organization like Komen, but it makes a huge difference to a family struggling with breast cancer. It makes a huge difference when that family is struggling to pay medical bills.

I encourage you to do the same as well. We already give Planned Parenthood $487 million dollars of our tax money. That is enough for me. I don’t want to contribute one more dime to that organization, but I do want to help families that are stricken with this disease. 

You can help, too. Erika is just an example of one woman who could use your help. You can donate to her medical fund by visiting Erika’s Medical Journey. You can help other women similar to her.

As scripture says in Acts 20:35, “In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive’." Let’s put this into action.