LANCASTER — Dressed in their prettiest of pinks, the women of Surge365 Team Millions and their guests came together Sun­day evening at the AmaysN Events banquet hall to celebrate those that have been impacted by breast cancer.

The 50 Shades of Pink program offered monetary sup­port to cancer victims as well as spreading aware­ness in the month of October.

The event featured dif­ferent vendors that sport­ed purses, sunglasses, jew­elry, and cosmetics. Among the vendors was also Uni­ted Cancer Screen­ers, a hereditary can­cer screen that was en­cour­aged for all to take part in. The 50/50 raffle proceeds went to City of Hope of Antelope Val­ley to aid in cancer re­search and treatment options.

In charge of the event was Denise Harrell-Mc­Mil­lion, who has seen the seriousness of breast cancer first-hand in the lives of her family mem­bers.

“The purpose of today is to honor all those effected by breast cancer,” she said, “Those who have gone on and those who are still going through it. It tears up a family and we do not want to take that lightly.”

Sandy Brito, a breast cancer survivor, was next to take the podium as a guest speaker, sharing her story and her frustrations along with her hope. Brito was diagnosed in 2006 and went through several doctors before she felt she was getting the treatment she needed. Brito, a mother and wife, was scared to tell her family the truth and harbored great fear for what the future held. But after having been through two rounds of chemo, she offered a great hope to all those who listened.

“Cancer doesn’t dis­crim­inate,” she said, holding back tears, “It’s up to you to advocate for yourself and fight back!”

The featured speaker of the event was National Mar­keting Director, Coach Arlyne Thompson, whose message was on over­coming fear through trav­el. Thompson had a scare herself after a routine mammogram earlier this year, but luckily did not have to have a biopsy done after her ultrasound.

She spoke with great passion and conviction saying, “Fear is a liar.” She told of her travels in Brazil and showed a video of her hang gliding 18,000 feet in the air. She encouraged the women to live their best lives today, because you never know if tomorrow will come.

The guests then enjoyed a dinner of mashed po­tatoes, chicken, and mac­aroni and cheese, and so­cial­­ized while browsing the vendors.

“This event is really our way of giving back,” Thomp­son said, “We love to be able to celebrate sur­vivors. It’s really a healing ceremony and just bringing awareness.”

Guest speaker and own­ers of AmaysN Events Chris and Kendra Mays spoke about fighting the can­­cers of life, a powerful mes­sage that encouraged lis­teners to take action and fight for what they believe in.

The event closed with a ringing of the bells in honor of those who have gone on, those who have survived, and those who are surviving cancer today.

Surge365 is a marketing company that works off a technological algorithm when it comes to travel. They offer a unique mem­ber­ship designed to allow travel at the lowest pos­sible rates, giving access to hun­dreds of hotels, resorts, and cruises around the globe.

“Travel can be a part of healing, especially when travel can be better for less” Thompson said.

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(2) comments

Rhonda Cade

This event recognizing victims of cancer was something to remember. Since most all know or knew of this disease in their circle of friends or family, it helped to see the light at the end of the tunnels we stair into often. Thanks again Kelsey for excepting the invitation I extended to you to attend. Looking forward to seeing you at our next Travel event.

Donna Wossne

I'm sorry I missed this event but hear there was an awesome turn out. Ms. Mac [as I affectionately call her] does a lot in the community and is serious about travel. She happens to be my supervisor at DCFS Kudo for bringing this to the community and all the work you do advocating for survivors and those who are dealing with cancer.

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