The saying, “When it rains, it pours,” was never truer than Oct. 23 in Fort Lauderdale.
That didn’t stop hundreds of pink-clad people from gathering at Huizenga Park to raise money and awareness for the fight against breast cancer.
By 7:30 a.m., well into check-in time, thunder rolled across the sky and rain fell straight down. But nothing was dampening the spirits of those determined to walk, rain or shine. Pride Center at Equality Park and Women With Pride’s team, Proud In Pink, had about 20 team members ready to go. Pride Center’s Women With Pride coordinator, Jeannette Cohen, says this cause is personal.
“It's important to me personally because I lost my mom 30 years ago. My sister battled breast cancer, I have a couple of young friends that continue to fight the good fight. I think it’s not a disease that affects only women. In community and humanity it is important to help each other and show love.”
Proud In Pink raised money through Facebook and social media plus a drag show at Hamburger Mary’s. After all that work, Cohen says it would take more than a downpour to douse their enthusiasm.
“Rain pales in comparison, it’s water not acid. What’s a little rain compared to the struggle and pain that people go through just to save their lives?”
Eventually the rain let up and the sun, sorta, came out. The walk started a little late but better late than never, because Team Proud In Pink alone raised $4,000. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks are held across the country, often in October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Money raised goes to the American Cancer Society, and helps pay for innovative breast cancer research and fund patient services including free rides to chemo, free places to stay near treatment, and a 24-hour a day cancer helpline.
Breast cancer screenings are especially important this year. During the height of COVID, many skipped routine checkups and tests, with mammograms and Pap smears being near the top of the list. Early detection is key to fighting and beating cancer.