Thank you for stopping by the blog today, I hope your day is going great. Last October, I was invited to Painted Pink Bruncheon, a yearly event put together by Painted Pink to raise funds for their non-profit organization. Painted Pink is a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of Millennial ladies by supporting and providing wellness and breast cancer programs that educate and empower.
I was beyond impressed, so I decided to host a Yoga Experience Event on September 30 to raise funds for this organization. Every dollar paid for admission to the Yoga event along with every dollar contributed by you goes to Painted Pink.
Why Painted Pink you might ask? I chose Painted Pink because they don’t simply talk about their mission but from attending the Bruncheon (See the recap HERE) and seeing first hand the impact they are making in the community and because like the founder of Painted Pink Ann-Marie Appiah, I had my own personal story too.
I was an 18 year old rounding up my first year in college when I discovered a lump in my right breast. I ignored it and honestly prayed it would just go away. This was back before googling was a thing but I knew what it could be. Fast forward to nearly a year after, I was older and wiser 🙂 so I decided to visit my gynecologist. After the visit, she informed me that it was Fibroadenoma (a benign, or noncancerous, breast tumor ) and I had to have it surgically removed since it had been there for a while. I was just so happy that it wasn’t cancerous.
I scheduled the surgery but didn’t tell anyone because I was scared and only told my sister few days before because I needed someone to take me to surgery. My surgery went well and I recovered and went about life. I have a scar on my right breast now which reminds me of the importance of self care and also how lucky I was that my story ended there.
Fast forward to two years later I noticed another lump in that same breast and unlike before when I waited a year, I scheduled an appointed with my doctor immediately. This time around a Fine Needle Aspiration(FNA) was done instead to test for breast cancer. Thankfully again, test results came back negative for cancer. The lump has since disappeared. I decided to share my story for two reasons; encourage you to prioritize your health and also because I want to make a difference by partnering with Painted Pink.
Here are some of what they use the funds donated for
-Financial Assistance for Local Breast Cancer Patients
-Financial Assistance for the Bruncheon
-Reserved funds for future needs, such as family members and caregivers following loss of Painted Pink angels.
Since 2014 when this organization started, they have raised over $22,000. This year’s Bruncheon will be on Saturday October 7th.
This post is to all my readers, guys included. Please share the importance of self care and also help make a difference. If you don’t live in Atlanta and can’t be a part of my Yoga Experience, please donate what you can to help me reach my fundraising goal of $1000 and invite your friends who live in the city. Along with an hour of Yoga at one of Atlanta’s Top Yoga Studios, there will be door prizes, goodie bags and a free 20 day pass for every attendee. You can register HERE.Thank you so much for reading, enjoy the rest of your day.