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Make a Contribution For Breast Cancer Research - With Just a Click

By Sheryl Kraft

Created: 10/29/2009
Last Updated: 01/14/2010

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Here's a really easy way to contribute to a cure for breast cancer - without spending a dime. All you need to do is spend a little time (just a little, I promise).

The Ask.com Search for the Cure program, available on the Ask.com homepage or at , is a first-of-its-kind donation to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The initiative makes it easy, educational, and free for consumers to support the fight against breast cancer. Ask.com is featuring new homepage themes, called skins, which are designed to educate consumers about breast cancer and inspire support for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The skins display a weekly series of questions that challenge consumers’ knowledge of breast health and breast cancer issues.

From September 13, 2009 through December 31, 2009, Ask.com will donate up to $100,000 in conjunction with consumers who participate in the Search for the Cure program by adopting the special homepage skin and answering breast health questions. Ask.com has pledged to invest at least $1 million by December 31, 2010 through this program and sponsorship of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® series.

It's a great way to test your knowledge, learn something new and contribute to a good cause, all at the same time.

By the way, I attended my first Race for the Cure 5K walk/run last month in Central Park. I went not as a participant (although I'm seriously considering it for next year), but as a spectator (that's my older son, Jonathan, who ran again this year in my honor). It was fabulous! I was blown away by the size of the crowd and the support this huge grassroots organization is getting. Being a survivor never felt better than watching how many survivors were running that day and in enviable shape.

So, what's next? Maybe I need to start serious training to get ready for next year. Kristen, our blogger over at recently ran a half-marathon (now, that's serious running) and wrote about how she prepared herself for her first race. If you have any of your own personal tips, I'm all ears!


Thanks for sharing this. It sounds like the run was fun to watch. You're brave to want to run it yourself!

This year we did the event in Denver (one of the biggest in the country) with a team of third graders, who walked in honor of my sister, who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. She is a teacher, and her students wanted to do something for her. It was very funny to watch the boys in particular cope with a crowd so full of women and at an event devoted to breast health.

I'll have to check this out. I find it worrisome how LITTLE we know about cancer in general and breast cancer in particular, so I'll be curious what ask.com has to say.

whether you decide to walk or run, you can do a 5k by next year. no idea what your fitness is now but, as you asked for tips -- start out by building up to walking the distance, make sure you have a good pair of shoes, and always take a bottle of water with you -- and drink from it! I'll look for your race photo alongside your son's next year.

A month or so ago they did the Komen run at a local park. It was fun to watch all the participants. They circled through the surrounding neighborhoods, walking. Almost everyone wore colorful outfits and I saw more than one pink tutu. Drivers would honk in support as they drove by. Overall, seemed like a great event. I'll have to find out when it comes again next year.

What a great way to give to a worthy cause! I've also heard of a site called GoodSearch.com that allows users to specify what charity they'd like to support as they conduct online searches.

I've always wanted to do something like this, but I don't like running very much. I would, however, ride a horse 100 miles for cause.

Actually, that's not a bad idea!

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