Saturday, July 14, 2012

Friday the 13th brings some sad news about Y-Me

As readers know, I have recently become an enthusiastic supporter of the Y-Me Breast Cancer organization through Harley-Davidson's corporate sponsorship of that group. Some fellow long-distance riders and I were preparing to ride a thousand miles in a day as a fundraiser for Y-Me. Perhaps you saw my earlier posts about "1K in 1 Day." At any rate, I was surprised to receive the following email announcing the shuttering of Y-Me's doors.

Date: Fri, 13 Jul 2012
Subject: Sad News about Y-ME Breast Cancer Organization

Dear friend and supporter of Y-ME,

It is with deep regret that  I inform you that Y-ME Breast Cancer Organization closed its doors on July 13th, 2012.  For over 30 years, we were the primary organization that provided support and information from peer counselors who truly understood the complex and challenging world of a breast cancer diagnosis.   We were unique.  We were compassionate.  And you were there to help.  

Despite heroic efforts by staff, volunteers, and supporters to fundraise and streamline services, the organization could no longer raise the monies necessary to continue its professional and compassionate programs utilized by over 40,000 individuals every year.   

There are no words to express the sadness we all feel but we felt it important that you hear this news from us directly.   Thank you for everything you have done for Y-ME over the years or were planning to do.


Gloria Suardiaz Alvarez
Board of Directors

The 1K in 1Day riders are looking for a new cause to support for our 29 Sep ride. Make suggestions in the comments below. Meanwhile, join me in mourning the loss of a truly great and noble service: free counseling by breast cancer survivors for women who have just received their diagnosis. What a frightening time that must be! And Y-Me was unique in helping these women. Y-Me will be sorely missed.