by Chris Bodenner
A reader writes:
Your post from the HIV+ reader who is "sick and tired" of the "Pink Ribbon brigade" really resonates with me, as with many cancer patients. An unspoken grudge among many of us is that the so-called "big four" cancers (breast, lung, colon, prostate) soak up the vast majority of private donations, backed by powerful advocacy groups. However, roughly half of all people diagnosed have a relatively rare form of the disease. (Stats to back me up are available at Memorial Sloan Kettering [pdf].) As you can imagine, those of us who suffer from leukemia, myeloma, sarcoma, brain cancer, and other forms of the disease feel dramatically under-funded.
Like your fed-up HIV+ reader, I'm sick of the ribbons too. But if I'm not mistaken, the first "message" ribbons (other than yellow ones around old oak trees) were red. And they raised a lot of awareness about HIV and AIDS at a time when there wasn't much.
Thanks for the Komen coverage. Your Power of Pink post jumped out, in particular the snippet from Dreher. I couldn't help but think of [the above YouTube video]. Seinfeld clips don't get the love they deserve on the Internet … their brilliance came too early.