For a $25 donation per walker, participants will walk around The Avenue West Cobb at night. The foundation was founded in 1993 by Evelyn H. Lauder and has raised over $450 million for breast cancer research. The foundation also provides information on diagnosing, treating and preventing breast cancer in women and men.
“Someone knows someone with or who has had breast cancer,” said event coordinator Ashley Archer.
“Breast cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers among American women,” said Archer, a senior hairstylist at the salon. “One in eight U.S women will develop breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. A woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every three minutes. It is estimated that 230,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 39,000 will die from breast cancer.”
Breast cancer does not discriminate. It crosses the sexes, affecting men as well as women. According to the American Cancer Society, about 2,240 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in men this year.
Archer knows too well the impact of cancer. Her cousin died at the age of 27 from prostate cancer, and her grandfather, Hugh Vaughan, was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 68.
Two weeks later, Vaughan underwent surgery to remove the cancer. His scar was shaped like the letter “T.” Being a Georgia Tech fan, he joked about getting a tattoo of the letter “G” beside the scar to support his yellow jackets. “(He) always had a joke for everything, always made us laugh,” Ashley said.
Six months after the surgery, Vaughn was diagnosed with bone cancer and died at age 70.
“This event is so important to me because it hits home close. It’s hard to have two family members deal with cancer any shape or form. It’s scary at the same time. It can happen to any one of us at any time,” Archer said.
The spa is at 3625 Dallas Highway, Suite 540, Marietta.
For more information, call true at (678) 581-8783.