Renaissance Fine Consignment was invited to attend The Breast Cancer Gala held at the Coral Casino in Montecito. The event is magical with supporters and survivors wearing PINK! Throughout the reception are live entertainment from acrobats dangling beautifully in satin cloth to walking on stilts... all very impressive! The Casino Club overlooks the beach, breathtaking in itself. But a lot of survivors know it may have been there last, had they not found the resources to help them on their journey to battle. The younger generation also lives in fear that they could be next.
I was gracious to attend and be placed at a table where I had the opportunity to sit next to a double mastectomy Breast Cancer Survivor, Beverly. Beverly told me about her story; How her mother had breast cancer, how the doctor told her she now had it too, and ultimately how she found herself writing instructions to her husband about her death. She choked up a little stating, "You become morbid. You think you're going to die because you've been handed a death sentence."
A former Flight Attendant, Beverly found the Breast Cancer Resource Center which greatly helped her along her journey to not only rebuild her breasts, but rebuild her life. She attends the Gala every year and supports the cause. Thank you for the enlightening story of courage and hope, Beverly. I am truly honored you shared it with me.
- Kendra Younger
Insight: Charlotte Hayley, who had battled breast cancer, originally introduced the concept of a peach colored breast cancer awareness ribbon. She attached them to cards saying, “The National Cancer Institute’s annual budget is 1.8 billion US dollars, and only 5 percent goes to cancer prevention. Help us wake up our legislators and America by wearing this ribbon.” Charlotte handed them out to everyone. In 1992, Self Magazine joined Hayley. Unable to use the Hayley’s peach ribbon for legal reasons, Self Magazine and other people interested on promoting the breast cancer awareness with a ribbon, decided to go pink.