Diana was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and found out that she would be undergoing chemotherapy and her hair would fall out. Not one to wait for her hair to fall out, Diana took control and held a Head-Shaving Party to shave her head and raise funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. And for each every $200 raised, one of Diana’s friends or family would shave their heads in her honor.
At the end of the night, there were a lot of bald heads!
Christine is like many busy moms with a hundred things on her to-do list. She has two small children to take care of, errands to run and dinner to cook. So when she turned 40 and her doctor told her it was time for her routine mammogram, she put it off because of her busy schedule, figuring she’d get around to it eventually.
A year later, Christine noticed a lump in her breast. She had no insurance and thought maybe she could save up enough money to get a mamogram later. Her friend urged her to go to St. Vincent’s Medical Center and talk to them about her options.
"The first thing they told me at St. Vincent’s was that the mammogram would be taken care of. I had no excuse to put it off. Within a half an hour, I had an appointment."
Through a grant from the National Breast Cancer Foundation, St. Vincent’s was able to provide Christine the mammogram she needed. She was diagnosed with breast cancer and is currently undergoing treatment.
“I will never forget the feeling I got when I heard the news that my sister had been diagnosed with breast cancer. It is a helpless feeling and one that I wouldn’t wish upon anybody. My younger sister Rebecca and I have grown up having the best big sister anybody could ask for. Hollis is the nicest and most loving person that I know. I couldn’t think of anything I could do for my sister to fix this situation we have been forced to deal with so I decided to commit to running a race in Hollis’ name.”
- Rawson Livezy
Inspired by Hollis, Rawson and Rebecca, friends and family joined the fundraiser, even creating bracelets with “Holliboo Is My Hero” and “For K-Peasey” in honor of Hollis.
And Rawson won’t be running alone. The Run for Hollis team will have over 65 runners in the October 2012 Atlanta half-marathon.
Bringing Help To Women in Dallas with Convoy of Hope
We kicked off our partnership with Convoy of Hope a few weeks ago with our first event in our own backyard of Dallas, Texas. We were excited to be offering breast health services to women in need and to make an impact in the Dallas community. What we didn’t realize was the impact the people we were serving would have on us.
As we entered the event, we saw tents for shoes, groceries, haircuts, job assistance, healthcare and family photos. We took a few minutes to walk through these tents and were moved to tears as we saw the joy on a child’s face as they received a new pair of shoes, and the relief of parents who received groceries for their family.
At our tent, pink and white striped so that it cast a pink glow on everyone inside, we welcomed women with an overview of the resources available inside the tent, calendars with educational information and pink bags so they could easily carry the information they would be collecting that day. We set up iPads so women could watch educational videos on Beyond the Shock and create an Early Detection Plan which we could print for them to take home.
Parkland Hospital, one of our partners, brought their mammovan and were able to perform 40 mammograms for women who could not afford them and made mammogram appointments for many others. One of the Parkland nurses held demonstrations for how to perform a breast self-exam, stressing the importance of this as a way to detect any abnormalities early.
Natasha stopped by our tent and told us that she wanted to come by because of a friend that had breast cancer. Her friend had been too scared to get a mammogram because she didn’t know what to expect, despite finding a lump in her breast. Her friend had recently passed away.
Natasha got her first mammogram that day at the Parkland Hospital mammovan. Her advice to women: “Don’t wait. Don’t wait another day, don’t wait another minute. Get screened.”