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Something You May Not Know….

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I have discovered there are many people I have gotten to know over the years that have been affected by breast cancer in some way.  During our Fight Like a Girl Nomination, I have learned of many more ladies in the fight.  I have read many inspiring stories of women fighting by allowing Jesus to fight for them.  Women who always have a smile and are living proof of the scripture “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28.

Today at AllyOops we are hosting a “Pretty in Pink” Event from 5pm to 8pm.  We will have door prizes, refreshments, special sales, and tons of FUN! We will announce our winner of the Fight Like a Girl nomination and we will be donating 5% of our sales to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  We have established a fund raising campaign and you can donate here.

But what I really want YOU to know is that this is more than a special event or an opportunity to have a sale.  It is an opportunity to recognize those in the fight, and take time out to pray for them.  Our team will be praying for everyone who was nominated by name, as well as all those on this journey.

It is also a plight that is heavy on my heart as I was deeply affected by my grandmother’s experience with breast cancer.  She had multiple surgeries, exhausting treatments, and many visits to the hospital.  I will never forget the horrible scars and the pain she endured.

This life experience influenced my decision to work with the Look Good, Feel Better Program in the early ’90s.  As a hairdresser I was trained to  assist cancer patients with selecting wigs and applying make up techniques to conceal the many side effects of chemo and radiation treatments.  We also offered free wigs and hair pieces to those who could not afford them.

Years later when my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer her experience was much different from my grandmother’s.  The doctor detected my mom’s cancer earlier so her scar was barely visible.  The radiation and chemo therapy was still tough on my mom but she was strong and once in remission, her breast cancer never re-occurred during her life.

This experience ignited my desire to help in the fight once again.  So,when working at J.C.Penney in the mid ’90s,  I was excited to have the privilege of coordinating the very first Race for a Cure at Northpark Mall after being introduced to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.   I was involved with this race for the next three years until it got too large for the mall to host and they changed the location.

Because of organizations like Susan G. Komen, BCRF, American Cancer Society, and the various breast cancer awareness campaigns I became more educated about breast cancer.  I learned that I had to be proactive about my own health, do self exams, and request a mammogram at an early age due to family history.

Though my contributions are small, I have witnessed how far we have come in the fight against breast cancer.  Much has been done to prevent and develop a cure for breast cancer, yet there is still much to do.

I invite you to join us tonight.  Come out and enjoy fun and fellowship with people who love you! Bring a friend.  We are so excited to host this event and look forward to seeing you there.

Much Love,

Ally

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