October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. We become aware of this every year as pink becomes the color of choice for businesses and organizations nationwide. Pink ribbons, pink shoes on football players and pink labels on food containers are among the many places we find this iconic reminder of the fact that cancer, in general, and breast cancer in particular, is something that effects all of us.
This Friday night, October 16, we will be holding our first annual Pink Ribbon Shabbat. At this special service, we will honor survivors and remember those whose lives were taken by cancer. Additionally, we will welcome Ginny Kirklin, the Mission Director at the Susan B. Komen Foundation, who will speak to us regarding updates in breast cancer research. Finally, in the spirit of pink ribbon month, we will have a Pink Ribbon Oneg complete with a pink ribbon challah.
As the month of October continues to unfurl its ribbons of pink reminders, we all have an opportunity to remember our common humanity, and we all have the capacity to contribute in some small way toward eradicating this devastating disease.