Inspired Pink event highlights breast cancer

(October 1, 2014) Hinesville, GA — October is nationally recognized as breast cancer awareness month, which is generally a time for annual campaigns to increase awareness and raise funds. Locally, the Community of Inspired Women’s Inspired Pink event aims to increase awareness and remind women to take the necessary steps to detect and overcome the disease. Women ages 19 and older are invited to the Inspired Pink MERGE on October 7 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. at the Liberty County Performing Arts Center for an inspirational and informational discussion on breast cancer.

The event will feature an “inspired pink” refreshment bar and “stepping to victory” pink shoe fashion show. The main event will be an “Inspired Woman Talk” by breast cancer survivors Charlene Jenkins, Deloris Slay, Gwen Abney and Rose Seda.

Panelists from the medical and public health fields will also discuss the importance of education, exams and exposure to other survivors.

This month’s event was organized by CIW Steering Committee member, Pat Jackson. She chose the topic because the cause is personal for her.

“Two of my best friends are breast cancer survivors,” Jackson said.  “Their friendships allowed me not only to be a source of support but to experience through their experiences the life challenges that breast cancer can present.”

The Community of Inspired Women is providing women an opportunity to share these experiences and get feedback so they can rethink the “it won’t happen to me” attitude, she explained.

“We want those struggling with breast cancer to realize that they are not alone, there is help out there.  We want those who are survivors to continue to inspire others to stay strong.  There’s a community wanting and willing to help and as always the first step is to help ourselves through awareness,” Jackson said.

Community of Inspired Women is a grassroots nonprofit organization founded in February 2013. It brings together women of all backgrounds to empower one another through networking, collaboration and information.

The MERGE event is free and open to women ages 19 and older at the Liberty County Performing Arts Center, 2140 East Oglethorpe Hwy in Hinesville, GA on the first Tuesday of each month. For more information on the Community of Inspired Women or to become a member, visit www.communityofinspiredwomen.org or call (912) 222-2211.

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