"This is a labor of love, this is what we need to do as a community, love each other. Hearing their stories of diagnosis and treatment reminded all of us what a blessing health is. " said Debra Seward this past Sunday.
Owner of Glitz & Glamour Hair Salon and Spa, Mrs. LeDale Coles, and the ThriveWell Cancer Foundation Program Director, Josee' Battle, hosted free cosmetic makeovers and gift bags for 20 women in Bexar County who have fought or are fighting the battle against Breast Cancer at the Designer Glitz & Glamour Salon and Spa last Sunday. Every year during the month of October, Designer Glitz & Glamour Salon and Spa does a benefit to recognize the women who have fought or are fighting the battle against Breast Cancer. Designer Glitz & Glamour is now in its 4th year of Cancer Benefits.
Coles states, "I'm humbled by this experience, several of our stylists have battled Cancer, they are all warriors! I'm so glad that Designer Glitz & Glamour has been given the chance to witness all of these ladies and gentlemen's bravery while facing this this disease. It really feels good to give back".
Pictured Above: LeDale Coles and Josee' Battle (center) with Volunteer Make-Up Artists
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. The mission of raising Breast Cancer Awareness each year is to help those affected by breast cancer through early detection, education and support services and most importantly to spread awareness. In 2019, per the National Breast Cancer Foundation, an estimated 268,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in the U.S. as well as 62,930 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer. 62% of breast cancer cases are diagnosed at a localized stage, for which the 5-year survival rate is 99%. This year, an estimated 41,760 women will die from breast cancer in the U.S.
Although rare, men get breast cancer too. The lifetime risk for U.S. men is about 1 in
1,000. An estimated 2,670 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year in the United States and approximately 500 will die. 1 in 8 women in the United States will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women, except for skin cancers. There are over 3.5 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. On average, every 2 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States. Female breast cancer represents 15.2% of all new cancer cases in the U.S.
In recent years, perhaps coinciding with the decline in prescriptive hormone replacement therapy after menopause, there has been a gradual reduction in female breast cancer incidence rates among women aged 50 and older. Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since about 1990, in part due to better screening and early detection, increased awareness, and continually improving treatment options. These promising statistics lend credence to the month of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Reduction's in female breast cancer cases show that awareness can lead to early detection and saves lives.
"The smiles, laughter and energy these ladies brought to this event was overwhelming. I am honored to have been one of the Makeup Artist able to give them the makeover they deserve", said Lisa Jackson. Lisa was one of many MUA's (Make-Up a) that gave their time to treat these women to a day at the spa. Thank you to all the MUA's, Reyna Ferretiz, Barbara Casarin, Cesar Ferretiz , Jason Wallace and Lisa Jackson.
Coles is no stranger to the community. Coles is a Black Small Business Owner who is constantly involved in the community. This month Glitz & Glamour and the ThriveWell Cancer Foundation pampered 20 women who will never forget that experience. Cancer is a nasty, ugly disease. The more love, support and awareness that we spread brings down the numbers of woman who die each year from this cancer. Those statistics will be lower next year as we continue to spread the word for woman to get checked early and regularly. Ensure your loved ones get checked!
Staying healthy for ourselves and our loved ones is priority.
Thank you to all those who supported Glitz & Glamour and the ThriveWell Cancer Foundation during this event.
Photo: All of the ladies were treated to lunch during their day at the Glitz & Glamour Salon and Spa
Please visit http://www.thrivewell.org/ to learn more about the ThriveWell Cancer Foundation. You may also visit Designer Glitz & Glamour at http://www.designerglitzandglamour.com/.