Advocate Editorial Board opinion: Diagnosis is not end; you are not alone

If the color of today's newspaper surprised you, don't be alarmed. Today is the first day of October, which is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To support awareness and support all those who have been diagnosed with this deadly disease, the Victoria Advocate is once again holding its Project Pink campaign.

This year, the Advocate will be working with Citizens Medical Center for the Walk for Hope event at Citizens Healthplex on Oct. 12. The Walk for Hope focuses on honoring breast cancer survivors, educating people about early detection and supporting those in treatment and their caregivers, according to Citizens' website. The event will be from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and costs $5. All proceeds will go toward providing free mammograms. There will also be door prizes, refreshments and free T-shirts for walkers and supporters.

In addition to the Walk for Hope and a pink newspaper, the Victoria Advocate is also publishing the stories of women who have survived the battle with cancer. We have several stories and photos of cancer survivors from our readers that will be published throughout today's paper. In addition, 10 percent all of the advertising in today's paper will be donated to local groups that help women fight cancer. Half of that money will go to Citizens Medical Center's mammogram program and half to Guardians of the Ribbon South Texas Chapter.

We are glad to offer this support for all the brave women who have and are currently battling breast cancer. This disease is a scourge that has brought pain and suffering to patients, their loved ones, the medical community and more. As years go by, our treatments improve, and the chance of survival becomes better and better, but the disease is still present.

We dare to hope for a day when cancer no longer plagues our lives and communities. But until that day comes, we honor and stand with all those whose lives have been affected by breast cancer. We hope this edition of the Victoria Advocate and the efforts of Project Pink remind them that they are not alone in this fight. Victoria is a community that cares and takes care of its own.

October may be National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but breast cancer can emerge any day of the year. As every day goes by and more and more women are diagnosed with breast cancer, we want you all to know that someone cares. We wish you all the strength and courage you need to keep up the fight.

You are not forgotten.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.