AM Employees Are Galloping Towards A Cure

I’d like to take a moment to step away from my  usual subject matter and talk about something very near and dear to my heart… Breasts. Now, they’re near and dear to my heart because I have a pair, and because I don’t think the  female form would be complete without them. Since this is a blog with a largely male audience, there’s a pretty good chance that you’re also fond of breasts, though probably for different reasons, which we won’t be exploring today.

Are Breasts an Endangered Species?

So why are we talking about breasts, if we won’t be showing you any, and if we won’t be talking about why you love them? Simply put, they’re being threatened. Breast cancer is sweeping not just the nation, but the world. It is endangering the busts of women everywhere, and it must be stopped. This is a cause that Ford itself can get behind.

From left: Emily, Heather, Karen not pictured: Tina

From left: Emily, Heather, Karen not pictured: Tina

You’re probably wondering why you should care, and how you could possibly help. It’s no secret that the automotive world is dominated by men. We forget sometimes that all of those men are firmly connected to women. No matter who you are, you have a mother. There’s a good chance that you also have a sister, or a girlfriend or wife, or a niece, or an aunt, or a friend who is a woman. The unfortunate, frightening fact is that any of them might have to do battle with breast cancer in their lifetimes. If that’s not an argument that moves you, consider that 1 out of every 100 cases of breast cancer is diagnosed in a man. While this cancer prefers women, it will still attack men.

Knowing all this, some of AmericanMuscle’s fine lady employees have stepped up to battle breast cancer the best way they can. AmericanMuscle employees are fielding a team for the Susan G. Komen 3 Day for the Cure. Heather Moulden, who brings you Q&A With Heather and works as a Customer Service Team Lead, Karen Baum, who is another amazing Customer Service Team Lead and very much involved in the local Mustang community are half of this awesome foursome. Tina Bauman, who is on the front lines of our customer service staff and is also heavily involved with local Mustang clubs, and I, your faithful blogger, round out the team. We’ve signed on to raise $9,500 and to walk 60 miles in the span of 3 days. This is a big promise, and we’re taking it very seriously. Though the walk isn’t until October, we’ve begun training for the walk and raising funds.

Why are we walking?

AMStanger/Emily

AMStanger/Emily

AMStanger/Emily – Two of my family members have fought breast cancer and won. I’m walking to make sure that they won’t have to fight it a second time, and to ensure that the rest of our family won’t ever have to fight like they have. I’m walking because, even though I’m not a breast cancer survivor myself, I’ve been through the testing and the worry and the fear of a battle against your own body. When I was my most vulnerable, my family and friends surrounded me with love and support, and showed me the difference that so much positivity can make when you’re healing. This is a way for me to give some of that love and support back to those who need it.

1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and those odds are terrible. The idea that my sisters, my family, and my friends are facing those odds scares me more than I can say. The idea that one day, my children might face those same odds is unacceptable. So I’m doing what I can to make a difference. Sure, I’m one small person. But I’m one small person who’s working with thousands of other like-minded small people.

Heather

Heather

Heather - I made the decision to do the 3-Day in January, after losing a family friend to breast cancer. She was one of the most amazing people I have ever known. Despite fighting breast cancer for more than 5 years, she was unfailingly optimistic and maintained her sense of humor through everything. It was devastating to see such an inspiring person dragged down by a disease that even the world’s smartest, most qualified doctors and scientists could not fight.

After her death, simply donating wasn’t enough for me. I wanted to get involved and (as cheesy as it sounds) really make a difference.  Breast cancer is a terrible disease, but the 3-Day is more than that – this is bigger than breast cancer. If they can find a cure for breast cancer, they’ll be able to find a cure for other cancers. So I’m not just walking in memory of a friend, or in honor of her family, I’m walking so that one day we’ll be able to say “Remember when there wasn’t a cure?”.

Karen

Karen

Karen - Many people have questioned why I would want to do this. Walking twenty miles each day, getting blisters on my feet, touring porta-potties along the way, no hair dryer, sleeping in a tent each night, etc. Well, there are many reasons why I would do this!  Without a cure, one person will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes in the United States. Every 3 minutes, someone will be affected by a breast cancer diagnosis.  We are uniting with thousands for the Susan G. Komen 3-day Walk for the Cure. It is a weekend of hope, honoring lives lost, celebrating survivors, promoting breast cancer research and helping bring breast cancer care to those who so desperately need it. I was also inspired to endure this 60 mile walk for other reasons.

I belong to a local Mustang club. Anyone that belongs to one knows that the club members become extended family members. I came to know Mary, the wife of a member in the club. You would never have known she battled breast cancer. Such an upbeat personality, she seemed so strong and full of life. One day her husband was joking about Mary’s wigs,  putting a positive spin on how some nights he didn’t know if he was going home to a redhead or a blond!! This was when I learned about Mary’s battle.  I understood why it was so important for him to attend car shows that raised breast cancer awareness. In June, Mary will have been cancer free for 2 years. As she puts it, the battle is still ongoing, for she is required to take pills for the next few years. I’m a first time walker. If Mary can survive the battle against breast cancer, then I can easily survive a 60 mile walk in 3 days! The worst I may suffer is wobbly knees and maybe blisters, but last I checked, that didn’t require chemo to treat. I look forward to crossing that finish line in October, and even more to the day when we find a cure!

Tina Bauman -When asked why I am doing the 3 Day for A Cure Walk, my answer is simply why not? Dedicating my mind, body and soul for a 3-day walk is a small price to pay and something I can do to help.  This is a disease that can, may, or has affected every woman in the world.  It doesn’t matter if you are a mother, daughter, grandmother, wife, sister or a friend.  There is no way to control who gets or who does not get breast cancer.

There is one thing that everyone can control and that is the contributions that go to the research to finding a cure for breast cancer.  This foundation is one of the many ways to find a cure.  I know several people who have had close calls, who are fighting the battle, who have fought the battle and who have lost the battle.  All of the procedures, treatments and emotions are very hard on the person and their family and friends.  Just knowing that some day, this small amount of my time can help find a Cure and make this all go away is well worth it.

Help us save breasts around the world!

We’re at the very beginning of our training schedule right now. Before we even make it to the 3-Day event, we’ll have walked over 500 miles in preparation, each. Between the four of us, that’s more than 2,000  miles. It’s a huge commitment, but we’re ready to step up. You can find out more about our progress and our motivation or make a donation, by going to the official 3-Day web page and searching for team American Muscle.

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  • Fred

    Please remove the first two paragraphs, they’re incredibly tasteless.

    • Eric

      It’s humor dude, lighten up a little.

      I think this is a great idea, and applaud the effort and commitment! Cancer in general, and not just breast cancer, has become a huge issue in recent years. Nearly everyone has been touched by someone who been affected by it, if not affected directly on their own person. Hopefully one day we’ll have a cure for all forms of cancer. Until then, it’s efforts like this and Livestrong that are helping to find an answer.

    • Shibby

      Breasts are awesome, Is a manly mustang owner really using the words “incredibly tasteless” Really…. Let me guess, You drive a V6 and not even a GT huh….

    • Jennifer

      I applaud your participation in this event, and I agree with Fred. Your opening remarks are childish, and without humor.

    • Josh

      +1 Fred! I stopped reading after the first paragraph. You just can’t open like that.

  • Jon

    I disagree with Fred. Please leave the first two paragraphs, they are very tasteful.

  • Jassper

    great article. about the first two paragraphs, i personally like it. the topic we are dealing with is a serious one, but we cannot be serious all the time. i see the humor that is brought and it’s refreshing. this isn’t a study on breast cancer, but an article / blog post about the employee’s feelings / thoughts on the subject. you can tell every one of them is committed to the issue and are taking it seriously. but they are also trying to entertain the audience which will most likely see this blog post / article.

    no need to be so up tight! relax and enjoy the read. these ladies of american muscle are donating / participating for a great cause. awesome job! =)

    • Jennifer

      Humor can be refreshing, if it’s done properly. Unfortunately, it was done here in a tasteless, childish manner.

      It’s interesting to note that almost every post critical of the writers’ “humor” has been deleted…

      • http://www.americanmuscle.com/ AMStanger

        Jennifer,

        As has been pointed out, the introduction was intended to be humorous, but mainly, it was intended to make people read and discuss the article. They seem to have done their job, no? Breast cancer is a very serious disease, and we are taking our participation in the 3-day walk very seriously. But, sometimes you have to make a little light of a serious issue, or risk driving yourself crazy. :)

        As for the deletion of the comments, several repeat comments that are the work of a troll have been deleted. You are welcome to disagree with my style of writing, or with the content, as you see fit. However, posting the same comment (or a variation on the same comment) repeatedly under several different names, which is what was happening here, is not allowed. If you’re going to disagree, all we ask is that you keep your comments clean of profanity and you don’t spam them.

        • Dyno Don

          When I watch South Park and Family Guy, I expect inappropriate humor and bad taste. I don’t want to see it here on your blog in an article about breast cancer. The smiley face doesn’t help, either. The article is fine without the tacky breast jokes.

        • Ed

          People will always read a well written article, which is what yours was without the tasteless “jokes”. A good writer doesn’t need to pander to an audience.

  • Jennifer

    If all you wanted to do was to initiate a discussion about something so “very near and dear” to your heart, why not just show a few photos of women’s bare breasts? That would have been the same maturity level of your introduction.

    Your attempts at humor are misplaced, maybe AM can send you for some sensitivity training.

    • Mustang Matt

      I’m with Jennifer- a little humor wouldn’t hurt here, but your remarks are inappropriate. The main discussion you’ve provoked has been about your remarks. “Humor” like this can lead to losing your job in many workplaces these days.

  • Zeke

    Yo AMStanger-

    How do you feel about man boobs? LOL

  • Tyler

    In regards to the first two paragraphs I like them and think they should stay. I read some of the comments, printed the article and let some of my friends in my barracks read it and no one had an issue either. They grabbed my attention and I actually read the rest of the article.

    Personally, in all due respect, I think those who are angered by this should go buy a new pair of needle nose pliers, you know the long ones with the padded grip, and pull that stick outta their ass. You need some humor in life. Humor helps us deal with the worst situations and sometimes its a way to bridge gaps. So take a breath and take it easy on the author, you don’t have to read it if you don’t like it.

    If this was perfectly politically correct or polite article like every other one I have come across I probably wouldn’t have read it. I like the style of writing when is why I continue to read AM’s articles, and I will continue to read them.

    • Jennifer

      “Personally, in all due respect, I think those who are angered by this should go buy a new pair of needle nose pliers, you know the long ones with the padded grip, and pull that stick outta their ass.”

      Wow. Now there’s a thoughtful observation. What do you say to people you DON’T respect?

    • Dyno Don

      Tyler, the style of writing here has been fine until the beginning of this article. Your violent metaphors are just as inappropriate. Everyone still would have read the article without the first two paragraphs.

      There must not be much for you to read if you ignore every “polite” article you see…

    • Laura

      Nice comments, Tyler. This is what happens when your usual reading material is Hustler, Juggs, and King XXL. I hope you and your barracks buddies respect the laws and customs of any foreign countries you’re sent to. Don’t forget, you’re a representative of your country.

      BTW, how would you know if the article is polite unless you actually read it? Are you saying that you wouldn’t have read the article if it didn’t start with a few dumb breast jokes?

  • Jassper

    again, i’ll show my support for the blog post. whether good or bad, it has gotten the attention of the people reading it and has gotten people to talk. which is the important thing. if it was written in the typical ho-hum manner, many would just pass it up. which would’ve been against what the writers would’ve wanted.

    bottom line, the ladies here have given their time and effort to support a great cause. it may have been to the detriment of themselves by posting this blog post, but now people are aware.

  • Jennifer

    “it may have been to the detriment of themselves by posting this blog post, but now people are aware.”

    So, it’s OK with you to insult and degrade someone, as long as it gets people’s attention? I fail to understand that logic.

    The way the humor was used here about breast cancer is inappropriate and childish. My best wishes to the ladies of AM, not only in your walk, but dealing with this type of behavior in the workplace.

  • DFM

    I think you guys are all a bit up tight. They’re doing something GOOD for a GOOD CAUSE, why do you need to hate on them because they try to bring a little light to the subject? Relax, it’s all for a good cause regardless of how “tasteless” you may think it is. Go complain about something worth complaining about and stop hating on these fine young women for trying to do something good.

    • DFM

      Plus, who DOESN’T LOVE BOOBIES?!?! I sure do. :) <3

      • Laura

        Maybe some day you’ll know what to do with them, DMF.

  • 00R

    haters gonna hate. very well done article. I <3 boobies in every single way!

  • TK

    This is a professional blog. It is doubtful the author thought “Hur hur hur: Boob jokes.” If one has never had a job in advertising, marketing, or the arduous task of soliciting people to a cause, then the concept of a appealing to a primary audience might be foreign. A primary audience is, as can be guessed from the name, the majority of people a writer is addressing. For the position of staff writer, understanding this concept is a prerequisite.

    In coming to this site, it is easy to recognize that the primary audience is a mustang owner. Statistically, this is a male dominated audience. While it may not be “PC” to stereotype men as a species with a breast fetish, the author doesn’t make this assumption. She simply states “there’s a pretty good chance that you’re also fond of breasts” without over-glorifying this statement.

    Injecting my personal opinion: The first two paragraphs have taste. They also satisfy the main objective of an introduction: they bridge the gap between writer and audience, and they state the subject.

    I don’t doubt the writer felt passionately about the article, and felt this would be the best way to convey her message. I’m also fully confident she has the full support of the American Muscle staff.

    Good luck girls!

    • Mustang Matt

      I’ve been in advertising and marketing for a long time. The concept of shocking an audience to get their attention has been around much longer than that. As someone else has already stated, a well written ad will always be read, without pandering to the audience.

      The links provided above show a very effective, tasteful solicitation for this cause.

      I’ve been a motorhead longer than I’ve been in advertising, and it’s a very small minority of the male species that drools and makes inappropriate remarks whenever they see a woman. This has been a bad cliche for years.

      I’m confident that the article would have been well read without it’s unfortunate opening remarks.

  • http://n/a Anon

    I’m not entirely sure why there is so much controversy over the opening in this. There are far worse things that could have been said, and honestly a grade school sex ed class is more vulgar, and if you find there comments “offensive”, perhaps you should take a look around you, there are a lot more things in this world you could spend your time whining about. # 1 is people trying to bring fault to good people doing something for a good cause because they are sheltered and/or way too uptight.

    so please, look around, find someone who deserves a lecture, and go talk to them, because these young women are doing something good here

    • Jennifer

      I don’t know what grade school sex ed classes you’ve attended, Anon, but they’re not vulgar, they’re a clinical, medical explanation of the human body and it’s functions. Yes, there are worse things that could have been said, just browse through some of the replies above.

      As you may have noticed, no one is critical of these women’s actions, just the inappropriate breast jokes opening this article.

      • The Stig

        Hey Jen… troll much? Get a life.

  • http://americanmuscle.com Richie Pete

    The main message is still there. No matter how you say it or speak on the issue it doesn’t change what they are doing and what they stand for. Heather, Emily, Karen and Tina are doing an amazing thing that will save lives, my mother in law passed from this horrible cancer and I know that she would have laughed her ass off at this article. I don’t think that they made light of downplayed what they are talking about, I don’t think that they want to make it seem less serious than it is. Celebrate life because life sucks if all you do is woe is me all day and you aren’t able to laugh and have some fun. YOU GO LADIES.

  • gregw

    I find it interesting that these comments focus upon whether breast jokes. Now, most of them do mention that the rest of the article is both tasteful and for a good cause, but that’s really a disclaimer. The objection is what matters here. That’s the point of the comments. And I find that disheartening. What matters more to you? Making a statement about what you find appropriate online or the fact that some regular people are doing something very inspiring for a good cause? Even if you believe the opening comments are tasteless you should appreciate the intent here. Few if any of us use all the right words at the right time. Instead of nitpicking give them a cheer, donate if you can and move on with your life.

    But I would also like to add that I don’t find the first two paragraphs tasteless at all. They aren’t especially vulgar and are never obscene. There’s no mention of drooling or being focused on them as the end all be all of women. As a male yes, I appreciate breasts… and (gasp) I find them sexually attractive. Meaning I appreciate them in the way mentioned. I don’t stare, I don’t drool, and believe or not my reading material tends to go a bit farther than the adult magazines one commenter mentioned. But I like them. Why is that not acceptable? How is this tasteless merely for acknowledging this common fact in an article in a teasing manner? And if a not quite innocent jokes helps people get behind such a wonderful cause is it worth complaining about?

    Frankly, I’m more interested in seeing a world free of breast cancer than one free of controversial opening paragraphs.

  • Jennifer

    It’s unfortunate that you just don’t get it and don’t understand the objections, gregw.

  • Rebecca Bauman

    Great Cause!! Cancer doesn’t discriminate. You go girls!

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