Army of Women

01 Oct

Happy Blog for Your Breasts Day!

One of the keys to learning is research.  When it comes to research about diseases such as Breast Cancer, we need volunteers to be involved.  In 2008 a new organization called Army of Women was founded to get to just that…making available a pool of volunteers for cancer research studies.

The Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation and the Avon Foundation for Women, a global leader in breast cancer research, joined forces to launch the Love/Avon Army of Women, a partnership between scientists and women.

Their initiative has two key goals:

  1. To recruit one million healthy women of every age and ethnicity, including breast cancer survivors and women at high-risk for the disease, to partner with breast cancer researchers and directly participate in the research that will eradicate breast cancer once and for all.
  2. To challenge the scientific community to expand its current focus to include breast cancer prevention research conducted on healthy women.

The Army of Women (AOW) provides an opportunity for men and women to take part in breast cancer research studies aimed at determining the causes of breast cancer–and how to prevent it. The AOW is a groundbreaking initiative that connects breast cancer researchers via the internet with women who are willing to participate in a wide variety of research studies. The goal of the Army of Women is to recruit ONE MILLION MEN AND WOMEN of all ages and ethnicities, including breast cancer survivors and those who have never had breast cancer.

So, how can you help?

  • Sign up!  You can go here to sign up to be included in the AOW database.  This does not sign you up for any specific studies.  Instead you will start to receive information on the current studies and are able to voluntarily sign up for each study as it is available. 
  • Participate in studies that you fit into.  Check out the current studies here.
  • Invite your friends to sign up for the AOW database!
  • Make a donation to the cause.
  • Make a purchase from the Army of Women Store to help support and promote the cause.
  • Spread the word by posting the following Facebook status: “I signed up to STOP breast cancer before it STARTS.  Have you?  Join today at, then copy and paste this status update as your own”.
  • Tweet about AOW using the hashtag #WritePink.
  • Check out this public service annoucement prepared by AOW or visit the AOW website to learn more.

I recently read an excerpt of a new book by Nancy G. Brinker, the founder of another foundation focused on breast cancer: Susan G. Komen for the Cure.  In this excerpt she spoke about the summer that polio ran through towns across America.  She remembers her mom raising money to help the scientists find a cure and others who felt a cure was impossible.  Today, I don’t have to worry about polio for my children because of those scientists and volunteers.  I joined the Army of Women not because I have been personally impacted by breast cancer, but so that my kids can maybe look back at cancer as something they no longer need to worry about.


Posted by on October 1, 2010 in Nonprofit Organization


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7 responses to “Army of Women

  1. julie

    October 1, 2010 at 8:15 am

    Hi, we are blogging for same cause today and just included your post in our .. what may be … megalist of bloggers getting involved.
    Talk online!

  2. Lisa Quintana

    October 1, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    I have two blogs, one general one and one I do for long term breast cancer survivorship after having survived a stage IV diagnosis in December, 1997. I’ve posted on the general one and am going to write another on the Long Time Living one. Hopefully, this will make a difference for someone!

  3. Ginny Marie

    October 1, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    I like Nancy Brinker’s story about polio. I haven’t heard that before. Isn’t that true about other diseases as well, like small pox? I hope that we can soon lump cancer with those diseases! Thanks for your post.

    • blogunteer

      October 1, 2010 at 5:59 pm

      Yes – I read one chapter of that book (received a preview chapter) and it talked about that. It was very interesting!

  4. Hyacynth

    October 1, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    So happy to writing alongside you and other great advocates for research today! Thanks for linking with us at Bigger Picture Blogs for WRite Pink!

  5. Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun

    October 4, 2010 at 5:06 am

    What a fabulous cause! I’m so glad I was able to come to your blog after seeing you on Twitter to get this information. I’m off to check it out more right now.


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