Every October, about 200 people celebrate the start of Breast Cancer Awareness month with a kick-off breakfast at the Lawrence Senior Center. The YWCA hosts the even along with the City of Lawrence Mayor’s Health Task Force with the two local hospitals, Lawrence General and Holy Family, underwriting the costs of this free event on alternating years.
In 2015, the breakfast took place on the 6th, and was a rousing success! Almost 200 people – survivors, community, political, business people, and friends & family of survivors – joined together to celebrate how far treatment has come for breast cancer, the amazing resilience of the almost 40 survivors in attendance and the hope to continue the fight strong and determined.
Keynote Speaker Dr. Elizabeth Rafferty gave a warm, informative and useful speech on Being Your Own Champion when dealing with Breast Cancer. In addition to giving useful tips and suggestions on how best to communicate with your doctor and care-providers, she also talked about mindfulness and its significance in improving one’s health.
Additionally, survivor June Black spoke about her treatments, which originated 25 years ago, and today, after several years of being cancer-free, she’s in treatment again. Both speakers were incredibly inspiring to all in attendance. Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera spoke about his Task Force Team, and their commitment to women’s health issues. He also greeted each survivor personally – with hugs for everyone!
Our own Director of Social Justice, Vilma Lora, spoke about the strides in treating breast cancer, and urged those in attendance to be sure to get screened, remarking that early detection through screenings is still the best way to beat Breast Cancer. There was also some good advice from survivor Phyllis Gemmelaro of Methuen, “If you don’t do it, no one else will!”
To view photos from the event, click here.
For more information about this year’s event, contact Vilma Lora, or call her at 978.687.0331 x1032