October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and holds so much significance for me. Not only did I work for a non-profit organization dedicated to the fight against cancer for over 24 years, but my dearest friend and sister Donna, succumbed to the disease at age 37. Although her diagnosis was over 19 years ago, I clearly remember getting that call from her after she discovered a large, hard lump in her breast. I told her, “you’re too young, it couldn’t be breast cancer.” I’ll never recover from the loss. But, I can honor her memory by getting the word out to others about the importance of taking care of your “girls”.
Since that time, so much has changed in the fight against breast cancer. Women are now surviving the disease at a higher rate and being more proactive about their breast self examinations, and annual mammograms.
So when I was invited to attend the Pink Saves Fashion show being hosted by the Citadel Outlets and the Susan G. Komen Foundation, I couldn’t say no!
What really made this show special was that instead of using regular models, breast cancer survivors and the angels who supported them during their fight, ripped the runway together.
The mistress of ceremonies for the evening was actress, Garcelle Beauvais. Guests were also serenaded during the finale by singer, Melissa Manchester. Each survivor was briefly interviewed by the show’s host, and each shared their years of survivorship, ranging from 1 to 17 years.
Ladies, don’t forget your monthly self-examinations and annual mammograms! It could mean your life. Thank you to the Citadel Outlets and the Susan G. Komen Foundation for inviting me to this inaugural event.
To find out about other Pink Saves activities during the month of October, click here.
Until next time, love and light!
This post honors the memory of my late sister, Donna Yvette Brewster
YOU ARE MY SHEROS!