The YMCA of South Florida begins Breast Cancer Awareness Month by hosting its second annual Pink Tea Party presented by Miami Cancer Institute on Sept. 29 at the South Dade YMCA Family Center.
The event celebrates the spirit of breast cancer survivors, while highlighting the importance and impact of a healthy and active lifestyle. It is free and open to the public, but registration is required.
This year’s theme, “Conquer the Dragon,” is inspired by the Y’s belief that it plays a crucial role in raising awareness about breast cancer and empowering communities to join together through events like the annual Pink Tea Party. The YMCA of South Florida is currently cultivating cancer support groups within each of its Y Family Centers through membership, health and wellness initiatives, and community partnerships.
“The YMCA is proud to partner with Miami Cancer Institute to showcase the courage of South Florida’s cancer survivors and their caregivers, as well as the benefits of staying active in helping to beat cancer,” said Sheryl A. Woods, CEO and president, YMCA of South Florida.
“Between the two of us, we have many resources available that can help bring balance to their spirit, mind and body during this difficult time,” Woods said.
Renowned sports medicine physician Don McKenzie, MD, PhD, will serve as this year’s keynote speaker.
In 1996, Dr. McKenzie sought to prove his theory that upper-body exercise can benefit those undergoing breast cancer treatment, challenging the prevailing belief that such exercise would cause lymphedema. During his presentation, Dr. McKenzie will discuss his study and how it has since inspired an international movement, empowering breast cancer survivors to join together in dragon boating and enjoy its many physical, emotional and spiritual benefits.
Save Our Sisters (SOS) Dragon Boat Racing Team Breast cancer survivors Kim Bonomo (11 years) and Debbie Brooks (14 years) also will share their impactful stories of how dragon boating helped save their lives.
For more information, or to register for the event, visit www.ymcasouthflorida.org.