http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-col...rs-cancer.htmlThis burns me up. As a tattoo artist, I sometimes feel that I'm part of a stigmatized profession that's on the fringe of society. Even as a motorcyclist, I feel this way. For a cancer charity to refuse a donation from women directly affected by breast cancer based on not wanting to be associated with a profession that's not up to their moral standards chaps my ass.The Breast Cancer Society of Canada has rejected the offer of thousands of dollars from a fundraising group of exotic dancers in Vancouver.
Exotic Dancers for Cancer holds an annual charity event in memory of a former dancer who lost her life to the disease.
Last year, the event raised $6,000.
However, former dancer Trina Ricketts said the society sent her an e-mail declining the money this year, because its major donors did not support a connection to exotic dancers.
She says the society has taken the group's contributions in the past.
"I really feel that it's a strong indication of the degree of the stigma that exotic dancers experience when an organization doesn't even want to be associated with them for fear of experiencing the same stigma."
Ricketts said her group is still looking for a cancer charity that will accept a donation.
The annual event will be held next month at a downtown hotel.
This smacks of nothing less than classism. Cancer does not discriminate between class.
Every year my wife and I research out a charitable organization and we try to make the largest donation we can afford.
Until the the Breast Cancer Society of Canada makes a formal apology to these dancers, they'll never see our donation.
In case anyone would like to join me in making a statement to the Executive Director of the BCSC and exclaim your feelings on this matter, you can email them through this link: http://www.bcsc.ca/contactus.htm