By Arya Kumar and Neera Vyas
Did you know that 1 in 8 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime and on average every 2 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States?
With these statistics, it’s possible someone you know may be diagnosed with breast cancer. Therefore, it’s on all of us to do our part to support awareness, research and treatments.
On Saturday October 29th, The SAYVA community gathered for a ‘Pink Walk’ to support survivors of breast cancer and spread awareness of the disease and prevention and treatment research. Together, the SAYVA community and our sponsors raised over $40,000! Before we started, Mrs. Neha Oza shared her own personal experience with breast cancer, and she talked about how people’s behaviors play a huge role in one’s health. She inspired us to think about “do we have the power to be healthy?” Mrs. Oza also shared her thoughts on how to be physically and mentally healthy because by changing the things that people put into our bodies we can reduce the risk of cancer. Dr. Neelima Denduluri explained how scheduling an annual mammogram and keeping a healthy lifestyle are key to avoiding breast cancer.
We all wore pink clothing, ribbons, pins, stickers and together walked on a trail in Potomac, Maryland. It was fun connecting with our community members as we passed by scenic waterfalls, lakes, and even turtles! It was especially inspiring to see how much SAYVA ambassadors and our community can do when we all stand together and fight for issues we are passionate about. Everyone in SAYVA has their own lives and tons of responsibilities, from academics to extracurriculars to athletics, yet it’s truly incredible to see the time and effort that SAYVA members put into not simply participating in service events, but actually planning events. From contacting organizations and individuals for fundraising, to inviting people to be part of the event, SAYVA teens are truly remarkable and we are proud to be part of a team so committed to serving our community.