I was lucky enough to attend a splendid event put on by Komen Indy called The Pink Tie Ball last weekend. The event consisted of everything from amazing speeches by sponsors and survivors to an amazing selection of silent auction items.
After dinner, all of the breast cancer survivors in the audience stood up to dance around the Scottish Rite Cathedral Ballroom to the song “I Will Survive.” It was one of the most emotional parts of the evening.
Indianapolis Colts Center Jeff Saturday and his wife, Karen, have been very active in the Komen Foundation and Breast Cancer initiatives ever since 2004.
A good friend of the Saturdays and a partner with Komen Indiana, Pam Miltner, an 18-year breast cancer survivor, was also present. She explained the importance of breast cancer and how it has affected family and friends.
“Knowing that the money that you donate, 75 percent stays local and 25 percent goes to national for research,” stated Pam Miltner. “So 100 percent of the money you give to the Susan G. Komen Foundation goes to help people.”
Another great event that also took place that same weekend was Hello Gorgeous. Hello Gorgeous is a non-profit organization that helps women going through cancer treatments feel “gorgeous.” They do this by surprising the woman and taking her to salon that is taking part in it to get a makeover. The makeover includes a facial, manicure, pedicure, makeup, and a new outfit.
This time, Lisa Tolliver, who is battling breast cancer, was surprised at the University Park Mall by the Hello Gorgeous crew from Bangs Salon & Spa, where she received her makeover. She traveled in style in a Hummer Limo to Bangs. Lisa would also be celebrating her 50th birthday the next day.
My aunt Sarah (an employee at Bangs) got me involved in this program and gave me the privilege to be a part of the makeover.
Check to see if Hello Gorgeous has any salons in your area involved in the program, and don’t hesitate to nominate someone you know!
Breast cancer is so very important to me because my grandmother, Sally, battled breast cancer and was a five-year survivor. Unfortunately she is now is going through another painful battle with breast cancer.
Photo: Lisa Tolliver smiles as the Hello Gorgeous crew takes her to a surprise makeover at the University Park Mall in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo courtesy Grace Ybarra)