Join Carol Baldwin in the Fight Against Breast Cancer

“Join Carol Baldwin in the Fight Against Breast Cancer”
by Michael Aaron Gallagher

With a little creativity and local ingenuity, one Central New York non-profit has raised millions of dollars in the fight against breast cancer, and along the way inspired everyone from celebrities and talk show hosts to countless families struggling with the disease.

But the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund, Inc. isn’t about its celebrity sponsors, or even its memorable marketing campaigns. Instead, it is wholly committed to putting an end to a disease that devastates the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans each year.

In 1990, Carol Baldwin was diagnosed with breast cancer. Six years later, with the love and support of those around her, the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund was founded in an effort to support research for a cure. As chairwoman of the board for the organization, and as a dedicated spokesperson for the cause, Baldwin continues to dedicate her life to educating people and raising money to fight breast cancer.

According to her daughter, Beth, the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund prides itself in keeping the money it raises locally in our area. Since 1996, the organization has raised $4 million dollars for the downstate region, and an additional $1 million for the Central New York chapter. In fact, each one of its $50,000 research grants is named in honor of someone who battled the disease.
Carol Baldwin (left), Beth Baldwin (center) and Michenzi Marzano (right) staffed the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund, Inc.’s booth at the New York State Fair. The organization has a number of fundraisers planned for the coming months. Photograph by Michael Aaron Gallagher.

This year, at the New York State Fair, they couldn’t seem to keep enough of their popular “Save the Boobies” T-shirts in stock. The T-shirts and other merchandise are part of a creative effort to bring attention to the importance of early detection by scheduling an appointment to have a mammogram.

From golf tournaments and gala events to motorcycle rides for research, Carol Baldwin is proving that “Together we will find a cure.”

For more information on the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Fund of CNY, Inc. visit www.findacure.org. To participate in their events, call (631) 444-4300. For more information on where to get a mammogram, call the American Cancer Society at (800) ACS-2345.

“Join Carol Baldwin in the Fight Against Breast Cancer”
Copyright © 2008 by Michael Aaron Gallagher
Originally published by Scotsman Press, Inc. (Reprinted with Permission)

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