On January 20, 2006, Pink-Link
implemented their newest program for High School aged teenagers and their
mothers. “Take Control of your Health”
is a breast cancer awareness event aimed at educating teen girls and their
mothers about the various risk factors of breast cancer as well as overall
health. The women and girls were also taught how to do a breast self-exam.
Vicki Tashman, Founder of
Pink-Link, and mother of Marisa, aged 15 organized the event held at Marlborough School for Girls. Approximately 80 moms
and daughters attended the luncheon where Pattie Jakel, an RN at UCLA, spoke
about general health, making the right choices and then explained the breast
self-exam. She brought 2 prosthetic breasts; each with “tumors” implanted
inside, and explained what a real tumor would feel like. The participants were
able to feel these breasts so they would be able to tell the difference between
a possible malignant growth and regular fibroid tissue.
“As a survivor myself,” explained
Cyndi W., a mom, “I don’t think it is ever too early to start educating our
daughters. Thanks to this great presentation, our 15 year old girls know the
importance of self examinations, when and how to do it, and what to feel for.
As adults, we all know that early detection is critical in fighting breast
cancer. This seminar created a new heightened awareness for our girls.”
Cyndi’s daughter, Jenn said, “I
think that every teenager should have an early introduction to self exam and
what to look for. This could save a lot of lives in the future.”
The moms and daughters were treated
to Chinese Chicken Salad served in pink take-out containers. The tablecloths
and napkins were pink and pink and white M&M’s along with pink Gerbera
daisy’s decorated the center.
you would like further information about the “Take Control of your Health”
program, or would like to host one in
a high school in your area, please contact Vicki Tashman at firstname.lastname@example.org