National Breast Cancer Awareness Month was founded in 1985 as a partnership between the American Cancer Society and the pharmaceutical division of Imperial Chemical Industries, maker of several anti-breast cancer drugs. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same. We have made a lot of progress but still have a long way to go.
Earlier this year, AYSO Region 112 lost one of our dear moms and breast cancer fighter to this horrible disease. Sandy Boulware was a Region 112 volunteer for her two daughters, Rachel and Michelle. She stood alongside her husband, Jon Boulware, cheering on her daughters and their teammates. Sandy embraced the AYSO philosophies and supported and encouraged every child who stepped on the field. Sandy was a beacon of strength and courage as she battled breast cancer for 7 years. She taught so many of us to fight on and have faith. Sandy was an amazing woman, mother, and friend. Region 112 honors the memory of Sandy Boulware and will miss her smile, her compassion, and her love.