“Remember Betty” was the rallying call of the Betty Wood Cancer Foundation. This organization was established by Danny Wood in honor of his mother Betty, who passed away from breast cancer on September 20, 1999.
Danny Wood has since decided to refer all future donations to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The Komen website has a page set aside to Remember Betty, on which anyone can donate in Betty’s name.
Wood, a member of New Kids on the Block as well as an acclaimed solo artist, has also crafted an album entitled Strong: Remember Betty, with sales proceeds also going towards Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Additionally, you may be interested in the Remember Betty Facebook page, and the latest from Danny Wood can be found on Twitter (@dannywood).
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“Our mission here at Remember Betty is to make sure the legacy of my mother, Betty Wood, lives on. Betty Wood was a wonderful mother and wife, and the warmest person and I feel that it’s important that her pain and struggle with Breast Cancer is remembered – and her life wasn’t in vain.
Breast cancer is a fight that, according to the American Cancer Society, women have a chance of one in eight of eight of getting. In 2009, there were 192,370 new cases of invasive breast cancer, and 40,170 deaths related to breast cancer in the US. It’s the 2nd most common cancer among women in the US, right behind skin cancer – and it’s the second leading cause of cancer death in women, right after lung cancer.
For those women who contract breast cancer, the chance of dying is about 1 in 35.
And that’s just part of the equation – people don’t discuss this much, but men can and do come down with this disease as well.
This fight is one that absolutely needs to be fought with utmost vigor – and we need to win it. My hope is that this website will help create awareness and end up motivating people to join in our fight against this dreadful and deadly disease.”