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Painted Pink promotes breast cancer awareness among millennial women of color

Breast cancer survivors and Painted Pink panelists at the 6th annual Painted Pink Bruncheon (from left to right): Larissa Dubose, Cassy Jones, Tammy Hicks and Falicia Mahone. (Photo credit: Joy Nealey for Steed Media)

Larissa Dubose discovered that she had breast cancer shortly after her mother passed away after battling the disease. Cassy Jones was diagnosed at 27 and stayed strong with the help of a solid support system. Tammy Hicks said having breast cancer tested and strengthened her faith. And Falicia Mahone recognized her inner strength after surviving two traumatic experiences with breast cancer.

Dubose, Jones, Hicks and Mahone and other breast cancer warriors came together to share their stories of courage, faith, healing and survival during a brunch hosted by Painted Pink Inc., in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month at The Piedmont Park Greystone in Atlanta.

“Because I beat breast cancer, I can do anything,” Hicks declared victoriously.

“Because I beat breast cancer, I can keep my mother’s legacy alive,” Dubose added.

Ann-Marie Appiah Swatson founded the non-profit organization, Painted Pink to educate millennial women about maintaining healthy breasts. With access to mentors and health professionals, the organization provides millennials with information to assist them in being proactive about developing a healthy lifestyle and understanding their family’s genetic history.

Millennial breast cancer survivors Danika Walker, Lanear Snell and Jessica Florence at the 6th annual Painted Pink Bruncheon. (Photo credit: Joy Nealey for Steed Media)

Walking through the doors of the event, all guests were greeted with smiles and mimosas. Vendor tables were set up around the lobby, including the Thank God It’s Natural hair company. TGIN owner and CEO Chris-Tia Donaldson sat down with Kristen Holloway, the host of the event, to discuss her battle with breast cancer and why she created her haircare line.

Host Kristen Holloway and TGIN CEO and breast cancer survivor Chris-Tia Donaldson at the 6th annual Painted Pink Bruncheon. (Photo credit: Joy Nealey for Steed Media)

With each breast cancer survivor carrying a pink flower, attendees enjoyed a variety of breakfast and lunch items as millennial breast cancer survivors were individually acknowledged with giveaways and awards.

“The brunch gives women an opportunity to let their sister survivors know they are not alone,” said Taylor James, a member of Painted Pink’s board of directors. “It is important for people battling with breast cancer to come, so they can feel that support system.”