SAVE THE DATE
October 23, 2010
The 2010 Audre Lorde Cancer Awareness Brunch will be held at Fenway's Health's Ansin Building home on Saturday, October 23, 2010. Join us at this annual inspirational event for women and their friends who have been affected by cancer. This unique gathering provides an opportunity for women to share, network, laugh, cry and rediscover our resilience and strength. This year’s theme is
Voices of Strength, Healing and Hope.
Recipients of this year's Spirit of Fire award will be
Byllye Avery and Ngina Lythcott. The Spirit of Fire award is given in
recognition of outstanding life-long contributions of an individual or group of
people in optimizing the health of women of color. Adaora Asala will be the
recipient of this year's Trailblazer award. The Trailblazer award is given in
honor of an individual or group of people who demonstrate extraordinary
creativity in developing new strategies to enhance healthcare for women of
color. There will also be singing, poetry, spoken word as well other entertainment.
Free acupuncture services will be available at the event.
Please RSVP online using this link. If you would like to volunteer, please email Erica Pollock at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Audre Lorde
Brunch is also hosting an evening event in conjunction with QWOC+ Boston called
The Pink Affair at Mantra Nightclub, 52
Temple Place, Boston. More information and tickets for The Pink
Affair are available at thepinkaffair.eventbrite.com.
“The Audre Lorde Brunch is an amazing
event in which sisters reach out to hold each other's hands and touch each
other's hearts,” said Dr. Jennifer Potter, Director of Fenway’s Women’s Health
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the United States.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the United States,
aside from skin cancer. Breast cancer especially impacts Black women in the US:
- Black women have a lower incidence of breast cancer
than white women but have a much higher mortality rate—survival rate at 5
years for black women is 77% versus 89% for white women.
- Black women with breast cancer die at younger ages than
white women—the median age at death for black women with breast cancer is
61 years and the median age for white women is 70 years.
- Recently there has been a dramatic increase in the
number of black women under 40 years diagnosed with aggressive breast
cancers which have a much higher mortality rate.
- Black women are more often diagnosed with Her2
negative breast cancers which are more difficult to treat as medical
research has not yet focused on developing treatments for this population.
Started in 1999, the
Audre Lorde Cancer Awareness Brunch is named in memory of Audre Lorde, a self-described
“Black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet.” A graduate of Columbia
University and Hunter College, where she later held the prestigious post of
Thomas Hunter Chair of Literature, she was also a cancer survivor who bravely
documented her 14-year battle against the disease in "The Cancer
Journals" and in her book of essays "A Burst of Light". She
struggled against a medical establishment frequently indifferent to cultural
differences and insensitive to women's health issues and defied societal rules
that said she should hide the fact that she had breast cancer. Lorde died
of cancer on November 17, 1992.