For Halloween, my daughter Maya chose to dress up as me — a Bright Pink Education Ambassador. When I was pregnant with Maya, I found out I carried the BRCA1 gene mutation, placing me at high risk for both breast and ovarian cancer. Finding out I was high risk allowed me the opportunity to be proactive against these diseases and, when Maya was 11 months, I chose to have a preventive mastectomy. Because of my experience, I became a Bright Pink Education Ambassador to help ensure all women have the same opportunity to know their risk and be proactive.
I want Maya and her two sisters to live in a world where all young women understand their risk for breast and ovarian cancer, are equipped to detect these diseases at early, treatable stages, and feel empowered to make lifestyle choices to reduce their risk of getting sick. I feel privileged to work toward these goals in my role as an Education Ambassador, presenting Brighten Up workshops and equipping women with the tools to live proactively.
Maya might not grasp the entirety of Bright Pink’s mission but her pride in dressing up as an Education Ambassador shows that she understands the importance of Bright Pink’s mission and the power of spreading the word about a cause that can change lives.