October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease.
The Daughters of Zion Ministry at Greater St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Cocoa are to be congratulated for hosting their very first Pink Gala Affair in support of Breast Cancer Awareness. Attorney Alton Edmond, ESQ, a community activist and motivational speaker, and very talented master of ceremonies presided over the evening. This delightful master of ceremonies, who is an accomplished singer, treated the attendees to an occasional rendition of various songs and was accompanied by the instrumental versions of the songs played by the DJ.
The speaker, Roberteen H. McCray, Doctor of Osteopathy with the Health First Medical Group, was introduced by emcee Edmond. Dr. McCray’s speech focused, of course, on cancer awareness, the theme of the gala. Dr. McCray related a couple of stories about people concerned about changes in their bodies but were afraid to go to the doctor. In my opinion, one of the reasons for this fear is that cancer has such a negative connotation that many thoughts immediately lead to fear. She advised us to be informed, to go to the doctor, don’t depend on hearsay from anybody, especially from Dr. Google. She also stressed the importance of exercise. She encouraged the ladies to get their mammograms and reminded men that they, too, can get breast cancer.
Cancer refers to any one of a large number of diseases characterized by the development of abnormal cells that divide uncontrollably and have the ability to infiltrate and destroy normal body tissue. Survival rates are improving for many types of cancer, thanks to improvements in cancer screening and cancer treatment. Early detection, education and support services are key to fighting this disease.
Proceeds from this gala event will go to Sandra Cuff Breast Cancer Outreach, Inc., a Cocoa nonprofit. This nonprofit organization assists those in treatment and in need of emotional, financial, and personal assistance while defeating cancer.
Hats off to the ladies of the Daughters of Zion Ministry and the Greater St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church for this novel idea to host this event that celebrated the life and legacy of cancer survivors and remembering those victims that are no longer with us.