Rhonda M. Smith, a Miami Beach resident, appears in the October issue of MORE Magazine as a First-Runner Up Prize winner in the magazine’s 2010 Beauty Search Contest.
Nearly 2300 More Magazine readers submitted photographs of themselves along with inspiring stories about why this is the most fabulous time in their lives. The goal of the 3 month campaign was to find three women that personified beauty inside and out. As a first runner up, Rhonda will receive cash winnings along with other prizes from Ann Taylor and American Express. MORE Magazine flew Rhonda to New York for a photo shoot in June for the October issue. Smith’s story is particularly topical as it coincides with Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Rhonda is a two-year breast cancer survivor, wrote the winning 150 word essay saying “This is the most fabulous time in my life because I have found a ‘new identity’ as a result of my cancer. I’m creating new opportunities, embarking on a new journey and I feel empowered to take control of my life instead of it controlling me.” Rhonda has parlayed her professional and personal experience into a unique skill set that includes marketing/PR, community outreach and relationship building for a diverse population of breast cancer survivors.
Her latest venture is a website targeting breast cancer survivors who have completed treatment, Breast Cancer Partner (www.breastcancerpartner.com). Breast Cancer Partner focuses on breast cancer recovery through health and wellness, and promotes holistic solutions as a means to help survivors overcome potential obstacles to recovery. The website recently launched in conjunction with the release of the More Magazine’s October issue. “We strive to show breast cancer survivors the paths to an integrated health and wellness lifestyle so that they can recover, restore and reenergize themselves after treatment,” says Rhonda Smith, Founder, BreastCancerPartner.com
Rhonda’s vision for Breast Cancer Partner is to create a world in which each and every breast cancer survivor lives a life that is full of vitality, cancer free and without fear, so that recovery is a life-enhancing, not life-limiting, event.
In 1998, Smith founded Rhegal Consulting, a strategic learning and development consultancy, and is currently consulting with the University of Miami Sylvester Cancer Center at the Miller School of Medicine on a survivorship research study for breast cancer survivors. She has over 20 years of experience of sales and marketing management and learning and development consulting experience.