As a child, up until my teenage years, my favorite color was pink. Hot pink this and light pink that. I loved anything pink - pigs, pink erasers, pink polish, pink clothes/shoes, even the R&B/Pop artist Pink. Ha! My love for the color pink only came second to my love for chocolate.You get the picture.
I did not realize why pink was no longer my favorite color until I volunteered for the 2017 Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk with my fellow social worker, Diane. It was pink everywhere! Pink tents, men in pink, women in pink, pink tutus, flamingos, and more! As we stood at the Day 2 finish line photo booth, waiting to capture the final moments of the survivors of the 60-mile walk (most also survivors of breast cancer), I had an epiphany. I have not loved the color pink since my childhood bestfriend's mother, Pamela D. Washington (who I called G-Mama, short for Godmother) passed away from breast cancer. She was not going to cross the finish line. I could not take a picture of her or with her finishing this race. All I have left of her is her obituary with a little pink ribbon attached to it for breast cancer awareness. I began to loathe the color pink.
Now, I choose to wear pink for her - My Pink Wonder Woman! She was such a pure, genuine, loving, creative and compassionate person. She did whatever she could to help anyone in need. To know her was truly to love her. The saddest part is I didn't even know she had breast cancer until it took her life my sophomore year in high school. Her joy in life pulled the wool right over my eyes. As far as I knew, she was going to live forever and I could learn more and more from her as I grew older.
She taught me "books before boys" at a young age, and I have excelled in my academics/career. Priorties was the primary lesson. She taught me how good God's love is and I happened to find joy in every day no matter how hurt I was. I also found a passion for helping people and made it my profession as a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW)! I could go on and on about her, but I am here to share my why and raise funds to fight against breast cancer. This year, I will be participating in the 60-mile walk (wearing ALL PINK everything) in rememberance of my G-Mama and all the other strong women I have met who have been, or who are in the fight against breast cancer.
Please support me as I take on an incredible challenge to make an impact in the fight to end breast cancer. The Susan G. Komen 3-Day® isn’t just a 60-mile walk over the course of three days—it’s a journey to the end of breast cancer. In 2016, Komen announced a Bold Goal—to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50% in the U.S. by 2026. That’s why I’m walking, and raising money—to make that goal a reality.