All of a sudden it seems every product has a "pink ribbon" version with proceeds benefiting the Susan G. Komen breast cancer foundation. There are so many pink ribbon products, so many walks, sports teams wearing pink to support the cause... so much shit benefiting this organization... and for a while I wondered... is it legit or is it just a bunch of hype to sell products or make money for a corporation? I have a natural distrust of any corporation or anything that is over-hyped in the media or mainstream consumer market. So I kinda thought it was all a big sales tactic. THEN I found a tit lump... yes- a tit lump. I have no insurance. I applied for state coverage but was rejected for some reason. I could have gone to planned parenthood for a cheap exam, yes. But when it comes to this kinda shit do you REALLY want inner-city clinic care?? I was about to settle on a several-hundred-dollar visit (that I couldn't really afford) to my gyno when a friend told me about a local hospital that has a grant from Susan G. Komen of Philadelphia... Thanks to this grant, Sacred Heart Hospital of Allentown is one of many Susan G. Komen affiliates who perform women's health exams, diagnostics and treatment COMPLETELY FREE OF CHARGE, NO QUESTIONS ASKED... I had an exam. They decided they wanted to do an ultrasound, so I scheduled an appointment and did that. The level of care was amazing... there was no sense of being rushed or slighted because it was free. A woman from the hospital even called in between my initial exam and my ultrasound to make sure I was okay and tell me not to worry. AND I didn't have to fill out piles of papers or go through circles of red tape to prove my income, etc. It was literally like "I have no insurance and a tit lump" and they were like "Okay, we'll get you an appointment." Thankfully my lump turned out to be a common fatty cyst and has since disappeared. But it cost me NOTHING to find that out, and had it required a biopsy, removal, or god forbid cancer treatment... that ALL would have been available to me completely FREE OF CHARGE thanks to this Susan G. Komen grant. I guess it's unfortunate that it took a personal experience to overcome my cynicism, but I NOW know that this Susan G. Komen pink ribbon shit is not a bunch of hype... although I couldn't see it "working" before experiencing it for myself, I now know that it really does benefit boobies, and lives everywhere, even if just behind the scenes. ...so support this shit whenever you can.