Take 69 Seconds to Help More Grandmothers Share Smiles

by Tracy Panko on September 30, 2010

Tracy Panko Freida Wyssbrod


Freida Wyssbrod was a loving grandmother who shared many smiles with me for the 25 years I was able to spend time with her before she passed away from breast cancer.

When I think of Grandma Wyssbrod, I remember the hundreds of smiles we shared when we made homemade pancakes on Saturday mornings, hid our shoes in huge piles of leaves, and raced with my sisters to see who could put theirs on first. I remember walking down the hill from her house on Friday nights to eat dinner where the french fries lived, and the simple task of walking to the post office holding her hand.

Now, I am asking you to take 69 seconds today to help beat a Guinness World Record.  And beat breast cancer.

All I’m asking you to do is update your Facebook and/or Twitter status to say, “Take 69 seconds to #fightbreastcancer at www.69-seconds.org” or just use the hashtag #fightbreastcancer in any and all posts pertaining to breast cancer.

susan_g_komen_logoWhy 69 seconds? Because that’s how often a woman dies of breast cancer globally. It’s also about how long it takes to do something about it at www.69-seconds.org. The website and this message are all part of Susan G. Komen for the Cure‘s new global initiative to raise awareness during October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness month.

With your help, we can mobilize millions around the globe to #fightbreastcancer — plus the Guinness World Record for Most Widespread Social Network Message in 24 Hours.

Every online use of #fightbreastcancer counts toward the record, so please blog about it, post it, tweet it, retweet it and forward this information to everyone you know.

Today is all about uniting millions of people in their determination to end breast cancer. The goal is to “turn the virtual world pink” and in the process.

The social media community is an amazing one, and the goal of breaking this social media world record to raise awareness is a realizable one. Can you help?

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Wendy Scherer September 30, 2010 at 11:11 pm

Great post, Tracy. I love the photo and I think my grandma had the same flooring! I’ve updated my fb and twitter and hope they break the World Record. Thanks for taking me away from the details of the work day to something more far more worthy of some time today…


Trisha October 1, 2010 at 3:32 am

Wowza Tracy…what a fantastic picture!!! I don’t think I’ve seen it and so glad you are sharing it. What a wonderfully worthy cause, and I know Grandma must still be making those omlets for lucky souls in the skies. I wonder if they fight over who gets to brake the eggs too : ). Love you and miss you, Trisha & Mari Anne


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