Thursday, October 13, 2011

Wear the PINK and the PURPLE

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month & Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  Millions of people are accenting their outfits with pink and/or purple ribbons to signify that they are aware, have been affected and have joined in the fight against these two serious illnesses. They are alike in several ways. Both are deadly killers of thousands, perhaps millions of women. They are both unwelcomed, unwanted, unsolicited activities in the lives of the people they affect. Both largely affect women but can happen to men too. In both situations, the victim has a better chance of survival with early intervention. Both need to be eradicated from society. 

Great strides are being made in both areas to do so. Breast Cancer research is more prevalent than ever. Scientists and medical personnel around the globe are putting in long hours developing preventive treatments and helping those who have been diagnosed to fight against the unseen assailant that wishes to claim their lives. Greater awareness  and resources are being dedicated to domestic violence, encouraging those who have encountered it to utilize the help being made available to help them. Here in Memphis, there is a center opening specifically to assist victims of domestic violence in accessing all the services they need to flee from their situation and alert the proper authorities.

There are several events going on this month in Memphis to bring greater awareness to these serious illnesses. Yes, domestic violence is an illness. Only a mentally and emotionally disturbed person would purposely enact mental, emotional and physical harm to someone they claim to love. Only someone who doesn’t realize their worth and the danger they are in would stay. Or perhaps they are more fearful of what would happen if they leave, rather than if they stay.  The major difference is that breast cancer requires medical attention to cure. But both require self-love, courage, support from family and friends, the right resources and the will to fight--but the sad part is sometimes the attacker still gets the better of them. My prayers go out to all who have lost someone during the battle. Let’s pray as a community to end breast Cancer and domestic violence. I hope you will find time to support these events.  


Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K Walk 
October 15, 2011
Laurelwood Shopping Center at the corner of Poplar and Perkins Ext. 
Registration begins at 6:45 a.m.
Walk begins at 8:00 a.m. 

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure –Mid-South
Saturday, October 29, 2011
The Shops of Saddle Creek Germantown
8:00 am Race Start Time


Taffi 2k Walk Domestic Violence Awareness Walk
Held the second Saturday of each month inside the Oak Court Mall
10:00a.m.  - Noon
Join the Taffi Crawford Domestic Violence Foundation and Zeta Phi Beta, Alpha Eta Zeta Chapter as we continue to break the silence on domestic abuse.

Olivet Fellowship Designed for Greatness Women’s Conference and City-Wide Worship
Saturday, October 29th – 30th