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    Too much pink?

    Is it just me, or has everybody gone breast cancer crazy? I'm not making light of a very serious matter. My grandmother died of cancer, my workmate's wife died of cancer before she was 42, and I know 3 women who have had breasts removed because of cancer.

    I just think that there are too many companies and banks who have jumped onto the same bandwagon. It seems like during the summer there is a "run for the cure" every second week. You can buy pins, t shirts, cell phones, and just about everything else in commemerative pink. I don't like saying "I already donated" outside all the malls and individual stores. But I have to. If I gave only 25 cents to every person with their hand out, I would be broke. I also feel guilty about just walking past, because quite often there will be a genuine survivor there asking for donations.

    The thing that bothers me the most about all the "pink" products out there though, is where the money may actually be going. I remember a few years ago when there was an investigation into some very big, "feed the children" charities, shilled for by some big celebrities. It turned out that up to 95% of the donations collected going for "administrative costs", was normal. Some were fined if I remember correctly, but are still in operation. The worst offender, somebody correct me if I'm wrong, was the Christian Childrens Organization. They took a whopping 98% of the money collected! 15 cents a day to feed poor Manuel. Too bad it'll take 2 weeks to get him a nickles worth of rice. How much does Apple donate for every pink I Pod sold? Did it cost Motorola anything extra to produce a pink cell phone? How much profit is still being made on that pink camera, handbag, pair of shoes.....

    All I'd like to see is some moderation. Have all the banks sponser the same event. You want your name on the top of the banner?...Donate the most. Limit the number of places that charities can set up their booths. Have big companies put out a limited run of a certain product, with ALL the money going to charity. The way it's going, with the oversaturation, people will get fed up, lose interest, and the funding will dry up. And above all, have a good look at where the money is going. All charities should, in my humble opinion, have their books looked at by the government.
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    Because a breast is a terrible thing to waste.

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    Not everything pink is related or sold as support to breast cancer. Not everybody who buy thing that are pink because of breast cancer support actually know it relates to breast cancer support.

    Personally, I like breast and I like pink! Particularly when that pink is between 2 nice legs where I can bury my head...

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    Quote Originally Posted by metoo4
    Not everything pink is related or sold as support to breast cancer.
    true... I know something else that is pink

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    Like the old fibreglass insulation commercials said, "Think Pink" and I always wondered how many people saw the double meaning in that.

    On the fundraising issue, there are a lot of poor-cousin causes that are truly worthwhile but not as fashionable (i.e. mental illness) but cancer organizations consistently eat their lunch.

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    Yeah breast cancer is bad and it's noble to support the fight against it. But let's not forget that lung cancer, colon cancer, pancreatic cancer, brain cancer etc. etc. are also bad. Come to think of it, maybe diabetes, blindness and arthritis aren't so great either. Bottom line: many causes and charities are worthy of support which is why it pisses me off to see AIDS and breast cancer getting all the publicity just because they're the favored causes of trendy people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joelcairo
    Yeah breast cancer is bad and it's noble to support the fight against it. But let's not forget that lung cancer, colon cancer, pancreatic cancer, brain cancer etc. etc. are also bad. Come to think of it, maybe diabetes, blindness and arthritis aren't so great either. Bottom line: many causes and charities are worthy of support which is why it pisses me off to see AIDS and breast cancer getting all the publicity just because they're the favored causes of trendy people.
    Breast cancer and AIDS are PC. Simple as that. It's also a way for smug yuppies to feel good about themselves. (Yes, I'm cynical) My son had neuroblastoma, a deadly malignancy that affects very young children.

    Now, I'm not complaining because I believe he got the best care possible at a very highly thought of children's hospital, and because I believe we were lucky. He's fine today, and I know alot of others aren't as lucky. So, I'm grateful. But, you don't see as many 'events' for children's cancers as you do for AIDS and breast cancer. And heaven forbid you should have lung cancer, people actually blame you for it-and whether or not you smoked. Raising money for breast cancer research is a good thing, but there's a definite PC hierarchy to major diseases.

    When I see the commercials for St. Jude's Children's hospital, well, I can't think of a better charity for anyone to give their money to. Just my .02
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