By now, I’m sure all of you would have heard about Briana Brownlow and her battle with cancer. I had not heard of her or her blog, Figs with Bri, till this post at Jugalbandi.
This post is just in case there is someone who wasn’t aware of the fundraiser for Briana (not many I’m sure) and would like to help in any way.
Bri was diagnosed with breast cancer two and half years ago. A mastectomy, chemotherapy and two years of relatively good health later, the cancer is back. It has metastasized to other parts of her body. At the age of 15, Bri lost her 41-year old mother to the disease. Now, she’s waging her own war against breast cancer.
You can also lend your support by taking part in CLICK, a food photography event, where this month is YELLOW for Bri. Yellow is the colour of hope. Through the work of the LiveStrong Foundation, it has also come to signify the fight against cancer. The deadline for entries is June 30, 2008. The fundraiser will extend until July 15, 2008.
Cancer is an illness that has touched all of us in some way or the other. I have seen its presence not only in my family but in those of our friends. Someone I knew but lost touch with lost her painful battle with cancer last month. She leaves behind a 13 year old daughter. My cousin's wife has had two surgeries and is undergoing chemotherapy to fight a tumour in her brain which refuses to go away.
Many such battles do have a happy ending, but after a difficult journey. I recommend Lance Armstrong’s book about his battle with cancer “It is Not About the Bike – My Journey Back to Life”, if you haven’t read it yet.
Let us do what we can. Remember that every little bit of support (in any manner) counts. There is a saying in Malayalam (a south Indian language), “Pala Thulli Peru Vellam” that translates into “Many little drops make a big pool of water”. And let us keep Bri and her family in our thoughts and prayers.
This is my contribution to CLICK: Yellow for Bri. “Shades of Yellow”
My glass of mango juice is served up with a Kiwi Cheesecake from the Sept- Oct 2003 issue of Tarla Dalal’s Cooking & More.