|Click to play - Video courtesy of Alan Blassberg|
As we all know, October and the rest of the year is full of various shades of pink - pink ribbons, pink pens, pink mixers, pink calendars, yet this bright splash of color has yet to find us a cure. As for blue, it's just now stepping forward as a primary color to pay attention to and for good reason. No blue blenders and ornaments have hit the market yet, but I do believe that it's time to share the spotlight with pink and tell the men's side of this story too.
So, when I came across a film campaign and movement documentary last week, called Pink & Blue, I contacted the filmmaker immediately to see how I could help. His personal story and project grabbed my attention from the get-go and tugged at my heart strings which is why I felt compelled to share it with all of you.
In essence, an all-in-one filmmaker, brother and boyfriend, Alan Blassberg is now on a mission to get his film up on the big screen and for good reason: to inform and arm others with the knowledge of breast cancer and the BRCA gene for both women and men. And as Alan says, it WILL come into your life at some point in time - this I know is true. It did for him by touching two, very important women in his life (at the same time!) - his sister Sammy and his girlfriend Stephanie. And if that wasn't enough, he lost his beautiful, warrior sister Sammy after a 3-year battle with breast cancer. His story also shares that his grandmother took her wings from breast cancer two weeks before he was born. He is now concentrating on his own health as he tested BRCA positive and his film will poignantly take you on a personal and educational journey through his world of living among breast cancer and 'the gene.' Because, even though we have learned so much about this disease over the past decade, there is much more to know which Alan's film will attest to. Chock-full of personal stories, top experts in the field of breast cancer and many shocking statistics that may even affect you, this documentary is a must-support and a must-see!
Because Alan and his two sisters tested positive for the BRCA gene mutation, shining the spotlight on this critical film and and the new color of breast cancer - blue, has become his mission. So, please, for your own sake and the health of your sister, brother, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, mother, father, grandmother and grandfather, click on over and watch the Pink & Blue trailer and then please make a donation. Every dollar really does count. Be sure to show your support as well by following Alan and this project on both Twitter and on Facebook.
So remember, pink, blue, female, male, genetic or hereditary - this disease still needs our attention all year long, not just during October. And don't forget about blue. The men in your lives need to share the limelight with pink and have their voices heard.