Unlike the traditional green hues seen on St. Patricks’s Day, the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables was flush with fuchsia for the Susan G. Komen Miami/Fort Lauderdale More Than Pink Luncheon on March 17.
To celebrate this year’s Faces of a Warrior survivors and thrivers, the Susan G. Komen Miami/Fort Lauderdale [SGK] chapter hosted its annual luncheon, which acknowledged 15 South Florida women who have all endured a breast cancer diagnosis.
Several sponsors helped make the event extra special, including the Hyatt Regency, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, AARP, Topline MD Health Alliance, Ford, Print Basics, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, Flowers by Poupariña and Jet Fresh Flower.
Additionally, several companies and vendors were also present with tables of information, items for purchase and goodies for attendees.
Kicking off the luncheon was a beautiful 6-members choir ensemblecalled the Heriones, who opened with a powerful rendition of “Brave”by Sara Bareilles.
Mistress of Ceremonies and SGK Executive Director Sherri Martens-Curtis also recognized long-time volunteer Kim Heard for 23 years of service and dedication to the organization and those individuals it supports.
Heard, the chapter’s Governance Chair and Board President, talked about her own experience with breast cancer and the Foundation, which helped her during diagnosis and treatment — a time when she was a young single mother with no health insurance.
It is because of her experience with the Foundation that Heard said she was inspired to volunteer and use her second chance at life to help others in need.
During the luncheon, Martens-Curtis also recognized Miami-based boat builder Reef Runner Boats, which fundraised $15,000 for SGK by raffling off a brand new 180 Bay Boat during the 2019 Progressive Miami International Boat Show.
Reef Runner Boats Owner Donna Milo said this was the second year in a row the company raffled a brand new boat for the Foundation.
“For us, it’s a real honor to be able to help an organization that does so much in our community,” said Milo.
Martens-Curtis also recognized the 15 Faces of a Warrior survivors and thrivers from the past year during the luncheon. The Warriors honored were Angelina Abraham, Tracey Ashton, Carol Burpeau, Maria Doyle, Ana Hauer, Ginette Jackson, Dana Koman, Ruby McCloud, Dionne Polite, Noemi Rada, Terry-Ann Ramjus, Maria Reig, Melissa Rojas, Betty Stover and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.
Looking to the future, SGK is now accepting applications for new Warriors — breast cancer survivors and thrivers who want to share their stories and be a mentor for others. For more information, send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to everyone who attended the More Than Pink Luncheon. Whether you’re a survivor, thriver, caregiver, volunteer, family member or friend, breast cancer continues to touch the lives of women and men throughout South Florida and the world. At Susan G. Komen, we’re not only committed to helping those navigate the breast cancer journey, but to someday find a cure.
And we won’t stop until every story is a survivor story.