Oct 05, 2011 • By

A Pink Together ambassador

Nearly all of us have some kind of connection to cancer.

Friends, relatives, colleagues … perhaps even ourselves.

According to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, one in eight women in the U.S. will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. And there are an estimated 1 million American women living with undiagnosed breast cancer right now.

This month, the Pink Together campaign from General Mills is marking its fifth year of helping those touched by breast cancer find strength and raise greater awareness of the disease.

One way it does so is through five “Survivor Ambassadors.” I talked with one of those women recently, Marguerite Wachter of Apple Valley, Minn., who is celebrating her fifth year cancer-free.

She was diagnosed at age 44. Though she had watched several relatives – including her mother – fight breast cancer, she never expected to face her own fight in her 40s.

Marguerite was chosen by Pink Together as this year’s General Mills employee representative among the 2011 Ambassadors. She’s using the platform to send an important message to women everywhere.

“I’m very passionate about mammography because I am convinced that I am here today because my cancer was caught very early through a mammogram,” Marguerite says. “I’m really excited about participating in Pink Together and being able to spread the word.”

Marguerite credits Pink Together and many people within General Mills for helping mentor and support her throughout her cancer journey.

After five years, Marguerite truly appreciates what she’s gone through, as she shares in this audio clip from our conversation.

Marguerite reveals more of her personal story in this video interview on the Pink Together YouTube channel.

The four other 2011 Pink Together Survivor Ambassadors are Brenda Boggs of Rising Fawn, Ga., Katie Parker of Rapid City, S.D., Marissa Vasquez from Phoenix, and JaQuitta Williams of Atlanta.

You can learn about their stories on YouTube, as well as on PinkTogether.com, a community on Facebook.

To encourage personal connections on PinkTogether.com, General Mills will donate $1 to the Komen organization for each “Message of Hope” that is sent to someone who has shared their story on the site (up to $25,000) during October. This is in addition to General Mills’ $2 million donation to Komen.

For the first time in Pink Together’s history, we will give consumers a chance to select how $1 million of our total donation will be shared between two important Komen programs, treatment assistance or prevention research.

Visit PinkTogether.com for more information, and be sure to select which program you’re most passionate about (voting ends April 14, 2012). Results will be announced Mother’s Day (May 13, 2012).