My cousin, Karen, lost her fight to breast cancer two weeks ago.  She was diagnose in 2007, fought and won the first battle.  The cancer came back over a year ago, and she didn't have the strength to fight it again.  After multiple rounds of chemo, radiation, and surgeries, the cancer had infiltrated her brain, and was unresponsive to treatment.  My family is devastated, she was only 54.  There isn't a person on earth who hasn't been affected by cancer; I am a survivor of Large B-cell Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma.  I am one of the lucky ones who lives to talk about it.  WE CAN WIN!  WE MUST WIN!  We don't have time for cancer.

October is here, time to get the "pink" out and fight!  Pumpkin flavors, Halloween, and PINK EVERYWHERE.  While we celebrate the Fall weather and ghoulish-happenings, we must also acknowledge October is the Month of Pink.  Where we wrap ourselves in pink (Yes, real men wear pink) and spread awareness and raise money for breast cancer foundations and research.  We are ready to fight and win.  Here are a few events happening around SWLA this month, take the time and bring the family to fight.  It takes a village to raise a survivor! 

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer SWLA is being held at 8:30am on Saturday, October 10th at Heritage Square in Sulphur, Louisiana.  Monies raised goes toward research and advocacy at the State and Federal level.

Ethel Precht HOPE Breast Cancer 5K is being held on Saturday, October 17th at the Lake Charles Civic Center.  The 5K benefits local patients currently battling cancer in Cameron or Calcasieu Parish.  Much needed support for patients, insurance coverage has no bearing.  Registration at 7:30am/Ceremony begins at 8:00AM/Walk begins at 8:30am.


LifeShare Blood Centers is bringing Breast Cancer Awareness every Thursday this month.  Donate blood, save two lives and earn this awesome T-shirt for your selfless donation.

The American Cancer Society is hosting a "Real Men Wear Pink" campaign to bring awareness that it is not just women who battle breast cancer.  1 in 1,000 men will be diagnosed in their lifetime.

Benefit for Cheryl Barry Roux on Saturday, October 24, 2015 from 11am-6pm at the CMFA building at 3487 E. Prien Lake Rd on Lake Charles.  Cheryl has been battling breast cancer since 2010.  The benefit will include silent auction at Noon, raffles, food, live music, and all donations can be made to Capital One Bank, Cheryl Roux benefit account.  For more information, contact Sheri Barry at 337-329-0934.

Starting this Sunday, the NFL even goes an extra "ten yards" and allows pink gloves, hats, shoes, socks, and such to be worn as part of the uniforms at individual NFL football games throughout the month.  You will see big, burly football players sporting PINK, which is the real color of men.  Proceeds raised during the month of October will benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

GET A MAMMGRAM....IT WILL LITERALLY SAVE YOUR LIFE!  I get mine, every year.  The most beautiful pictures I will ever take.