The YWCA Northeastern Massachusetts – A Voice for Women & Girls

Breast Cancer Awareness Breakfast

Survivors some at front of room, CROPPEDEvery October, about 200 people celebrate the start of Breast Cancer Awareness month with a kick-off breakfast at the Lawrence Senior Center. The YWCA hosts the event – along with the City of Lawrence Mayor’s Health Task Force and Holy Family Hospital – underwriting the costs of this free event on alternating years.

At our last event, almost 200 people – survivors and community, political, business people, and friends & family of survivors – joined together to celebrate how far treatment has come for breast cancer, the amazing resilience of the almost 40 survivors in attendance and the hope to continue the fight strong and determined.  Speakers are always incredibly inspiring to all in attendance.

Our own Women’s Health Advocacy Services staff always speak about the strides in treating breast cancer, and urge those in attendance to be sure to get screened.  Early detection through screenings is still the best way to beat Breast Cancer.  Some good advice from survivor Phyllis Gemmelaro of Methuen includes, “If you don’t do it, no one else will!”