“Healthy breasts are something every woman deserves, especially in this economy. Can we count on you to help ensure the breast health, breast education and breast peace of mind for all women?”
The woman on the phone wanted my money. She was hoping that I would help pay for mammograms for uninsured and low income women.
“We find that our ‘most caring’ contributors enjoy donating two mammograms for women who can’t afford to pay themselves. Each mammogram is $90. Now let’s just confirm your address and I then I can put you down for our ‘most caring’ contribution of $180.”
“Oh wow!” I said with a bit of shock. “No, I’m sorry but that just isn’t going to work for me.”
Before I had finished my sentence the woman had begun to speak again. “Yes, I certainly understand that in this economy not everyone is comfortable being a ‘most caring’ contributor. Since breast cancer has touched so many lives however, we find that people still want to do their part to encourage breast health, breast education and breast peace of mind. Why don’t I put you down for our ‘just doing my part’ contribution of $90 to help pay for one mammogram.”
“No….no…I’m afraid that isn’t going to work for me either.”
“Yes, I certainly understand that in this economy not everyone is capable of doing their part. That is why we have begun to offer our ‘working together’ level of contribution. Your contribution of $45 will be combined with another ‘working together’ contributor to provide one mammogram for an uninsured woman.”
“Oh, I’m so sorry, but even that is too much for me.” I apologized to the woman.
There was a moment of silence. The woman huffed ever so slightly. Then she started to speak, “Yes, I understand that in this economy…”
I interrupted her. “I too have been touched by breast cancer and I’m a huge fan of breast peace of mind and all the other stuff you’ve mentioned. I would love to help you out. But, in this economy, I can only afford to give $5. You don't by chance have an 'it takes a village' level of contribution, do you?"
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Here's a nice little song that just might get your toes tapping. Miss Kiss Kiss Bang by Alex Swings Oscar Sings is Germany's entry into the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest held in Moscow. No one seems to mind that Oscar is from southern California.