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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Circle Of Promise

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.

I signed up to be an advocate for Circle of Promise, find out how you can also be an advocate for change.


Jackie H. said...

What an important post! My line sister has already had breast cancer twice, and she is not even 40 years old...I wrote about her on Urban Faith. Check it out

La'Tonya Richardson said...

Thanks Jackie! I will check the post out.

Tamara said...

Great post La'Tonya. Breast cancer impacted a very close family friend years ago and it came back and she passed away a few years ago. Still doesn't seem like she is gone. This year my aunt was diagnosed and another friend was as well.

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