National Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Take Action and Brush Up on the Basics

Erika Stallings

The Volunteer Training and Leadership committee provides New York Junior League volunteers the opportunity to learn about relevant issues and to develop philanthropically and personally. On October 5, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we welcome risk prevention advocate and NYJL volunteer Erika Stallings and Bright Pink, a national nonprofit organization focused on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women.

Diagnosed with a BRCA2 mutation at a young age, Erika Stallings has written about her experience coming to terms with the diagnosis and will share her story about her decision to undergo surgery to preventatively treat breast cancer.

Bright Pink’s mission is to reach the 52 million young women in the U.S. between ages 18 and 45 with their innovative health programs enabling them and future generations of women to live healthier, happier and longer lives. To that end, the organization is presenting their Brighten Up Educational Workshop to educate NYJL volunteers and help them be proactive advocates for their health. Facilitated by a certified Bright Pink Ambassador, the session will ground participants in the basics of breast and ovarian health, introduce them to early detection techniques, and equip them with life-saving knowledge. Immediately following the workshop, all NYJL volunteers who participate will receive access to tools that can help them assess their personal level of cancer risk by looking at lifestyle factors and family health history, and develop an action plan in partnership with a doctor they trust. You can follow Bright Pink on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook.

Strengthening the families of the greater New York area.

The New York Junior League is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

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