Friends, It’s Another Beautiful Year!
We are celebrating the lives of 13 more Breast Cancer survivors – 13 more ambassadors ready to spread the word in the African American community that with early diagnosis and treatment you can increase your chances of survival. Our hopes are that their courageous storytelling will inspire so many to schedule yearly mammograms and perform monthly self-breast exams.
While we celebrate lives extended we need to take a moment and reflect on the lives lost: Beverly Hilton Kimbro, Arabella “DeeDee” Pina, and Yvonne Cooper-Watson. We will be forever grateful to them for bravely sharing their stories with us, stories that empower others to share as well. Yvonne, in particular, not only shared her own personal story but also was a pioneer in our journey of helping so many who were fighting their own battle with cancer. We will miss our friend who not only encouraged those with cancer but also encouraged those of us who worked with her side by side. Our condolences go out to all the families and we hope they can find comfort in knowing that their loved ones helped so many.
This year, we also are saluting a Breast Cancer survivor who turned 100 in October. This special person happens to be my Aunt, Vivienne West Brown. She is proof that early detection and prompt treatment is the key to saving lives. Although my family is aware of three generations of breast cancer, we may never know like so many other families of incidences of generations’ prior. Through it all, we have learned how very important it is that we know our family’s medical history, are educated on this subject and are proactive in our own health care.
Making a calendar has highlighted the strengths of our sisters and women who have faced and defeated breast cancer. We share your triumphs each and every day. Again, thank you for your continued support throughout the year. We would not have been able to continue without you.
Phyllis W. White