October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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It’s Monday … and we are half-way through Hispanic Heritage Month, and, as of October 1st, we are celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Each year, one of my favorite newscasters for Channel 7 WSVN TV, Lynn Martinez, hosts the “Glam-Doll-Strut” in downtown Ft. Lauderdale which is named for the competing “fashion show” of women dressed in their finest gear to bring more awareness to breast cancer and raise money for treating and curing it.  It is always … ALWAYS … quite the treat for us here in Ft. Lauderdale!  This year, it will be  held once again at Esplanade Park on October 17th … it’s a Saturday … from 11am EST to 3pm.  If you are in the area, come out and check out this event, which is just one of many events scheduled to honor survivors of breast cancer as well.
Many of the National Football League’s teams are wearing something pink in their gear for their games being played during this month.  It is always nice when “the men” support “the women” as well in bringing more awareness, treatment and funds for breast cancer research.  Hopefully, most of you know that “men” can also experience breast cancer, as one of the most noteworthy survivors of men with this cancer is Richard Roundtree, the actor who made the  movie “Shaft” famous.  Many of you may remember “Bella Rodriguez-Torres”, the oldest daughter of Shannah and Raymond, who received treatment for childhood cancer as a tumor caused her paralysis and ultimate passing in May of 2013.  Her mother, Shannah, shared a post on Facebook that soon after went viral … “Live Like Bella” … which has caught on and brought tremendous awareness to childhood cancer.
As we share this Earth, though some folks feel that they should have a “greater share” of the Earth than others, maybe we can come together more and more … around health issues, around social issues, those darn political issues … shucks, maybe even around each other!!  Wear your pink to demonstrate your interest and awareness, participate in some activities in your local areas, keep the faith alive to find better treatment and cures for breast cancer.  I lost my father to “bone marrow” cancer … which is a “horse of another color” … still deadly … so I have a particular affinity with any people or organizations concerned with spreading awareness, encouraging check ups and regular tests and seeking treatment for breast cancer!
“Save the TaTas!” was one battle cry at last year’s “Glam-Doll-Strut” here in Ft. Lauderdale.

John I. Cook, Director

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