Did you know that breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among black women?
Further, statistics from breastcancer.org show that black women are 20 to 40 percent more likely to die from breast cancer than their white counterparts.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual health campaign to increase awareness of the disease.
Early detection, diagnoses and other preventive measures have proven to be key in helping black women beat the odds when it comes to breast cancer. That’s why we were more than happy to participate in the Women’s Wellness and Fitness Day for Breast Cancer Awareness presented by Dr. Heather Brown Orthodontics.
It was literally a sea of pink at the Power Center!
Attendees visited various vendor booths, participated in wellness screenings and enjoyed breakfast sponsored by Chick-Fil-A while dancing to the sounds of Dj Supastar.
And then we got our workout on.
Reggie Collier, of Reggie C. Fitness, and his staff led the audience in high energy fitness drills and contests. The event also brought guest speakers from medicine, beauty and government, including Dr. Camille Cash, Kim Roxie, Judge Maria T. Jackson and State Rep. Shawn Thierry.
Reggie Collier of Reggie C. Fitness and Dr. Heather Brown
Perhaps the most powerful moment of the entire event was during the recognition of the breast cancer survivors, who shared heartfelt and emotional messages of perseverance. It was impossible not to be moved.
The survivors included Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Kandi Eastman, Dr. Jonita Reynolds, Crystal Brown Tatum and Julissa Duran. Dr. Brown then called for all cancer survivors to come forward and be recognized. More than 25 survivors took the stage and were lauded for their strength.
This event also donated 100% of all proceeds to benefit breast cancer organizations that participated with the event, which included The Rose, Pretty Girls With Cancer and Angels Surviving Cancer.
Dr. Brown created a phenomenal event to honor and celebrate breast cancer survivors and organizations that work tirelessly to ensure women receive mammograms. Most people know someone touched by breast cancer. 2 Girls Who Travel will continue to support such worthwhile events that have a positive impact on our community. We encourage you to do the same.