11/06/2012 01:55 pm ET Updated Jan 06, 2013

2.9 Million Breast Cancer Survivors: How Will They Vote?

By the end of the day, we should know who will lead our nation for the next four years. During the campaign we heard a great deal about the lack of jobs, the problem with our tax system, the reasons we should keep the President's health care reform law -- and why we should not.

What we didn't hear, however, was a commitment by either candidate to take a leadership role in ending breast cancer. It is not that we didn't ask. We did.

Today as I go to the polls to cast my vote, I stand in line as a citizen, a taxpayer, a voter, a woman, a mother and a breast cancer survivor. All those characteristics play a role in my decision to declare my support for one of these candidates.

I also take with me the fact that there are 2.9 million female breast cancer survivors in the United States, and that adds up to a lot of votes. Close to 40,000 women will die from the disease this year. Ending breast cancer is an urgent issue that needs leadership at the highest level if we want these statistics to change.

I do.

Theodore Roosevelt, a President and a great leader, once said, "In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing."

So as I stand alone in the polling booth prepared to cast my vote, I wonder which of these candidates will stand up and do the right thing for breast cancer survivors and all those at risk by making the end of breast cancer a national priority.

You can do the right thing, too. Tens of thousands of women and men have already signed a Petition to the President that will be delivered shortly after Inauguration Day. We must raise our voices to encourage the next President to lead this country to the end of breast cancer. Please sign the petition today. Remember, "the worst thing you can do is nothing."