Gracie Gives in 2007

Three incredible men in my life and family were diagnosed with cancer in 2006. Two of them lost the battle.

My uncle and his son both passed away in 2006 of esophageal cancer and brain cancer respectively. My father is still fighting bladder cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, it is estimated that there were almost 1.4 million cancer cases diagnosed in 2006, with approximately 565,000 deaths attributed to the disease in the United States alone. The survival rate however has increased from 50% in 1974 to 65% in 2001. With all of the research and medical advances through the support of many cancer foundations, more cancer patients are fighting and winning this battle every year.

Though the sorrow and impression cancer brings may not personally affect you until it invites you or a loved one to the battle ring, nearly all of us have witnessed the enormous toll cancer can take on a cancer patient and their family and friends. One way we can make a difference is by raising awareness and funds to support research for the treatment and prevention of cancer.

In honor of my family members and others who are fighting this disease, gracie’s gear will be supporting 2 cancer foundations as part of the gracie gives campaign for 2007. From January 1, 2007 through December 31, 2007, 50% of all proceeds from online sales of the black tank, black camiand black short top POWER POUCH™ sports bras as well as all gracie’s geartraining programs will be donated to The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke and the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation. In addition to raising funds for cancer research, gracie’s gear would like for the black POWER POUCH™ to represent the powerful fight against cancer, worn in support of those who are living with cancer and in remembrance of those who have died from the disease.

From January 2007 – May 2007, proceeds will benefit The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke in honor of my cousin Steven Clobridge. The Brain Tumor Center is dedicated to the treatment and cure of brain and spinal tumors in children and adults. In addition to the proceeds donated from online sales, gracie’s gear is organizing a team for the Angels Among Us 5k at Duke University which will be held in Durham, NC on Saturday, April 28, 2007. To join the gracie’s gear Angels Among Us team, visit http://angelsamongus.org  and sign up by April 1st (Registration fee is $25 for adults, $15 for children under the age of 12.)

From June 2007 – December 2007, proceeds will benefit the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation in the name of my father Michael Clobridge and uncle Stewart Clobridge. “The mission of the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation is to heighten public awareness and increase fundraising support for the vital services of the Ottawa Hospital Regional Cancer Centre…All money raised remains local to improve patient services, purchase new equipment, provide education opportunities for both patients and staff, and for the development of new cancer treatment and research initiatives.”

Sincerely,

Lauren Grace Updyke
Founder and President
gracie’s gear, Inc.