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Army of Women | Become One of a Million

February 16, 2012

I’m thrilled to announce that Wendy Will Blog is now a member of the Army of Women’s Supporting Blogger Network! The Army of Women is an online initiative supported by the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation. I’m proud to say that I’ve been part of the Army of Women for a little over two years now and that I’ve participated in two important breast cancer studies. BUT, the Army of Women has a goal of recruiting ONE MILLION women and they need you!

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In the coming days I will add a dedicated AOW page which will feature new study launches and updates, the study of the month, news and events, and videos. You should head over to the Army of Women Facebook page and give them a “like” as well as follow them on Twitter. More importantly, I encourage you to enroll in the Army of Women. We need you. Breast cancer research needs you.

Here’s some additional information about the Army of Women.

How did the Love/Avon Army of Women get started?
Like many women, Dr. Susan Love was becoming increasingly frustrated by our not having made more progress in figuring out what causes breast cancer and how to prevent it. Scientists told her that they did not know how to find the women who would be interested in taking part in the studies that were needed to end this disease. Dr. Love realized the pr

Why should I sign up for the AOW?
You should sign up for your sister, mother, daughter, granddaughter, best friend, and the woman you met last week. Breast cancer has been around for decades, but it does not have to be our future. We can be the generation that stops breast cancer once and for all by figuring out what causes this disease and how to prevent it! This is YOUR chance to be part of the research that will end breast cancer.

How does the Army of Women work?
Women who are interested register on the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation’s Army of Women Program website, providing very basic information such as name, age, city, and state of residence. You will receive email updates from the Army of Women announcing new research studies looking for volunteers just like you. The email will detail the research project and who and what the researchers need. If you fit the criteria and you’d like to participate, all you need to do is click “Yes Sign Me Up”, this lets us know you’ve accepted our “Call to Action”. From there, you will be asked to log-in to your account and then directed to the next steps. If you accept the Call to Action by clicking “Yes, Sign Me Up”, you will be asked a couple of screening questions to make sure you qualify for the study. Once we confirm your qualification for the specific study, your information will be given to the researcher conducting the study and you will be contacted by the researcher for a secondary screening to make sure you meet the study criteria and answer any questions you might have about study participation. You will never be pressured to take part in any study. The decision to take part is yours — and yours alone. If you meet the study criteria as determined by the researcher and are interested in taking part, the study researcher will let you know what you need to do next.

What might a study require?
There are many different types of studies. Some might require you to complete a questionnaire, while others might need a sample of blood, urine, saliva, breast fluid, or breast tissue. Some studies might be clinical trials testing a new detection marker or drug. You decide which studies you want to take part in.

Click here for additional FAQ’s about the Army of Women.

And watch “Million in the Mirror” below – the first ever PSA about the Army of Women.

If you have any questions about joining the Army of Women, please comment below or shoot me a private email and I’ll he happy to answer your question or put you in contact with the people who can.

363,810 women (and men) and counting. Join us!

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Jeanne @SouthBaySparkle February 16, 2012 at 12:19 pm

Great cause, Wendy! You go!!!

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Wendy February 16, 2012 at 4:19 pm

Join me Jeanne! The Army of Women needs you – regardless of your history (or lack thereof) with breast cancer!
Thanks for popping and commenting!

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Christina Simon February 16, 2012 at 3:53 pm

Really important cause. My mom died of breast cancer, so anything that can advance us toward a cure makes a difference, especially with Dr. Love involved!

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Wendy February 16, 2012 at 4:18 pm

I’m so sorry for your loss, Christina! Breast cancer takes far too many lives. It certainly did a number to my life and I’m determined to change the course in my lifetime so that my daughter won’t have to endure the things I’ve been through.
I really encourage you to sign up for the Army of Women especially considering your family history. I’ve participated in two studies – one a blood test and the other was simply a questionnaire. I’m convinced Dr. Love will find the cause of breast cancer and I’m proud to be a part of it.
Thanks for stopping in and commenting! xo

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AnneMarie February 16, 2012 at 9:36 pm

Wendy,

I’m an AOW Blogger, too….. I participated in two studies, too…. although, both of mine were online studies. I also work with the volunteers in NYS trying to round up events and staff them with volunteers so we can get up in people’s faces and coerce them to JOIN. It’s NY… we aren’t the kinder, gentler city.. we just demand…. :)

Glad to see you are a sister blogger….

If we all stick together, we can amass this army and direct donations to the Dr Susan Love Research Foundation, too. Sucks that she has to WAIT for grant money. We can just donate it right to her!

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Galit Breen February 17, 2012 at 12:29 pm

Congratulations, Wendy!!

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Caryn Bailey February 17, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Wonderful! What a great cause….

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Ashley February 17, 2012 at 2:16 pm

I’d love to join up… especially since my mom had it with no prior history in the family. And as someone who used to work in medical fundraising for research, I understand the importance of it!

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vanessa February 17, 2012 at 10:17 pm

Amazing! What a great cause! I commend you!

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Kathleen February 18, 2012 at 4:07 pm

Wendy you are Wonderful. With a captial W.

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