Last Saturday was the first time in six years, I missed our local Susan G. Komen's Race For The Cure. But it was okay, Susan G. Komen foundation hosted a pajama party during Blogalicious11.
This pajama party was about more than having a good time. It was a way for us to learn first hand about their Circle of Promise initiative. While we enjoyed food, conversation, mani-pedi's, and makeover's, Crystal (pictured center with @WineWithToni) worked the room telling us her story.
Now 30 years old, Crystal was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 25. Two weeks later her 27 year old friend was also diagnosed, and lost her battle at the age of 29. Crystal talked openly about her battle, survival, and why the Circle of Promise is so important to her, and the African American community.
Fact: African Amercian women have the highest breast cancer death rate of any racial or ethnic group.
Another fact: I know six women personally ranging in age from 20s - 60s, who within the last 3 years have been diagnosed, and fought breast cancer/ All of whom are celebrating life today, and sharing their stories of strength and survival.
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