Last Sunday LipstickRocks held its annual ‘Pink Party DC 2011’ at Trump National Golf Club Washington DC to benefit Maimah Karmo’s Tigerlily Foundation “Impacting young women’s lives before, during and after breast cancer.” I’ve been lucky to having been a part of this great cause event for the last few years. As a matter of fact, the last few times I attended the event as a reporter, but this year, I’ve been asked to be part of it – to join an amazing group of women to walk the runaway as part of the fundraising activity.
Each year more than 40,000 women will die from breast cancer in the USA alone. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death due to cancer, with lung cancer being the most common cause of death due to cancer. Even though, older women are more likely to get breast cancer, younger women are more likely to die from it. This might be due to younger women having more aggressive breast cancers, coupled with the fact they may not go in as regularly for screening as an older woman. Just look at the recent case with the well-known TV personality for E! Entertainment – Giuliana Rancic, who has been recently diagnosed with the early stage of the breast cancer.
This is the thing about the breast cancer – you’ll never know you have it until it might be too late. It does not hurt. You might be a very active exerciser and dieter. You might look healthy and fresh, but you’ll never know you have it. That’s why Ms. Rancic came out in the public to advocate for the early screenings that should be part of an exam way before a woman is 40-45 years old as advised earlier. It is the best advice is to visit your doctor to be screened early, because at the early stages the breast cancer is curable. The average five-year survival rate for breast cancer patients is between 81% and 86%, depending on the woman’s age. But with early detection, the odds of surviving breast cancer are closer to 96%. In summary, it is strongly recommended that consult your doctor about scheduling a mammogram.
This is why it was twice as a privilege to be part of the event that is organized to cherish the breast cancer survivors, recognize the problem and to try to solve it via bringing awareness in the community and raising funds for the research and help of the ill women.
Each year for the Pink Party DC the local businesses donate their money, time and products/services to celebrate the good deeds that the DC community does for the breast cancer awareness week. This year the event’s participants from the local – Virginia, Maryland and DC communities – were Annalee’s Formals, whose owner Jenet Ahn made sure her beautiful handmade gowns would complement each of the models and make the evening stylishly attractive for the guests who came to donate the money towards the Tigerlily Foundation – the premier national breast cancer foundation that provides education, awareness, advocacy and hands-on support to young women (15-40) – before, during and after breast cancer. Stylists and make up professionals from Kristel Closets and Makeovers by Makeup Artistry by Tracie, designers from Vita Images & von Elling Imageworks that put together extraordinary Breast Cancer Awareness Presentation, owners of the Boutique by Trousseau who brought the goodies for the guests, a DJ Z-Tek, and all the volunteers who put in many hours of their free time to organize raffles, auction, VIP Swag, photo opps and more.
At the end of the event, despite the fact that everyone who came to the event and participated in it – were part of an event dedicated to the deadly illness, everyone left upleafted for knowning that something grand has been accomplished that evening: be it an awareness and appreciation for the women-survivors and/or a raised money fund that would help those women in need.
Organized by the founder Cate Minotti, CEO and founder of LipstickRocks – a social networking site for all women, Minotti is trying to promote the mantra “women empowering women.” Both she and the founder of the Tigerlily Foundation Maimah Karmo believe that providing and advocating support and services and advocating for the awareness of the breast cancer would eventually educate the women how to prevent and/or treat the disease. Those young ladies are working very hard to transform young women’s lives through the experience of breast cancer and I’m glad I was a part of their great mission.