Breast Cancer Awareness Month Brings Community Together
When people come together to do good work, the possibilities are limitless. As women, we engage and inspire each other, heart to heart and together, we are capable of accomplishing so much more than any one individual can accomplish on our own. This concept is so clearly evident this month in Miami with October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
As the second leading cause of death of women in the United States, breast cancer touches us all. Whether it’s a family member, friend or acquaintance, breast cancer can strike any woman of any age. In fact, about one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime, making it the most deadly form of cancer for women.
While October may have yielded the slightest drop in temperature, our Miami community turned up the heat, banding together to raise money for a cure and to raise awareness on the importance of early detection. Throughout the month, local businesses and organizations hosted fundraising and awareness events throughout the city. Here are just a few of the highlights of the efforts in our South Florida community:
The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure hosted its annual 5K/run fitness walk. This year marked the 19th anniversary of this South Florida event, which promotes positive awareness, education and early detection of breast cancer.
The American Cancer Society spearheaded Making Strides of Miami-Dade. Part of a national effort, it brings together more than one million people each year helping to end breast cancer.
The University of Miami held a symposium, “Women's Cancer's in the Americas: Strategies for Synergy.” The symposium, the first of its kind at the University and a collaboration between the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Miami Institute for the Americas, and Miller School of Medicine, took a wide-ranging view on the current challenges and opportunities in women’s cancers in the Americas, while integrating innovative perspectives from leading experts on health systems, global health, women’s health, reproductive rights, and women’s rights. The event had representation from many countries, including: Argentina, the Bahamas, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Haiti, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
The University of Miami volleyball team and several high schools throughout Dade County took part in Dig Pink and to raise awareness and funds by bringing together high school and college volleyball teams to compete in matches across the country.
The Cancer Support Community Greater Miami held its annual Tee off Fore Wellness Golf and Tennis Tournament. And the 3rd annual Rock 'N Run, Taking a Stand against Breast and Ovarian Cancer, was held in Pinecrest, bringing the community together in support of funding research and programs aimed at eradicating breast and ovarian cancer.
Cancer Link held its annual luncheon, “Rumble in the Jungle,” at Parrot Jungle. Cancer Link is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization dedicated to finding an ultimate cure for breast cancer through research, spreading breast cancer awareness through education, improving the quality of treatment for those suffering from the disease, and growing and fostering the community outreach at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.
The possibility of what we can do when we open our hearts and work together is truly powerful. Thank you to all who continue to give their time, support and show kindness in our amazing Miami community!