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BOLDANDBREASTLESS: The feature of BVI Cancer Society this month

- October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Left: President of the BVI Cancer Society and cancer survivor Gloria A. Fahie. Right: Mrs Shondia Mcfadden-Sabari, a woman who lost both breasts to cancer and has not been shy about it but rather has committed her life to the fight against the disease. Photo: Facebook
A number of events will be held in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Photo: Provided
A number of events will be held in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Photo: Provided
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Looking at her body one breast less, President of the BVI Cancer Society Ms Gloria A. Fahie said “This is the reality of breast cancer. It isn't a pink ribbon, it isn't an ‘easy cancer’, it's just not,” Ms Fahie said as she drew courage from Mrs Shondia Mcfadden-Sabari and the many women in the Virgin Islands and worldwide who are survivors of breast cancer.

Today October 1, 2016 marks the commencement of a month long strong awareness/advocacy campaign for Breast Cancer. It is “Breast Cancer Awareness Month” and the theme this year is, “HOPE Changes things” and as customary a number of activities are set to take place.

However, most importantly Ms Fahie said the society which she heads and other arms throughout the territory are strengthening their commitment to bring awareness to the disease and support those living with, those who may have lost loved ones to the disease, and even more working to educate children from a young age.

“Cancer can affect anyone, man, woman or child, we are all susceptible to cancer and we need to work together to fight it and pray that one day a cure would be found,” said Ms Fahie.

Message being heard!

She salutes the many organisations, government bodies, corporate entities who have come on board with the cancer society of the Virgin Islands and those who have also indicated their willingness to get on board.

“The support has increased over the past year and we are very happy about that because it tells you that the word is going out and the message is being heard,” she said.

Shondia Mcfadden-Sabari

Featuring in the observations this year is Mrs Shondia Mcfadden-Sabari, a woman who lost both breasts to cancer and has not been shy about it but rather has committed her life to the fight against the disease.

“Mrs McFadden will be here in the BVI from the 14th October and will be the guest speaker at this year’s run/walk for a cure which is on October 15, 2016. Her story is an inspiration to millions around the world and she will be here to inspire our people here too,” said Mrs Fahie.

Shondia is the Executive Director of BOLDANDBREASTLESS, Inc. and the President of McFadden-Sabari, LLC. She is very passionate about inspiring and educating children, women, and men that are affected by cancer.

On October 31, 2015, Shondia was presented with a proclamation in Meridian, Mississippi stating that October 31 is Shondia McFadden-Sabari Day in Meridian. The Theta Iota Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. presented Shondia with an award at their annual scholarship ball, for being their 2015 Citizen of the Year. Shondia is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.  WTOK 11 in Meridian, Mississippi has featured Shondia in several news segments and one of the segments made Top Story of the day.

Other activities slated for this month include a free health fair today, October 1, 2016 at RiteWay, Pasea Estate and a number of others around the territory on different date, and a church service in Purcell tomorrow.

“And also we will be going to Jost Van Dyke and Virgin Gorda this year. We really wanted to go to Anegada as well but we would not get to do it this year,” Ms Fahie added.

In sharing some statistics about cancer Ms Fahie related that 1 in 8 women (and 1 in 1000 men) will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetimes. “Age doesn't matter, family history doesn't matter, life style doesn't matter. Not all types of breast cancer form a lump. Know your body. Know what it's like when you are healthy so you can catch changes right away.”

12 Responses to “BOLDANDBREASTLESS: The feature of BVI Cancer Society this month”

  • yuk (01/10/2016, 11:06) Like (3) Dislike (40) Reply
    Oh that picture is too graphic to show the little kidz
    • WTG (03/10/2016, 10:52) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      U f****g idiot, what picture is too graphic to show kids. You are an a** h****. I pray that nothing never happen to you, and you stay beautiful, perfect and as stupid as you are. Gloria may God continue to bless you with perfect health, and I applaud your courage. God bless you. And you F****g fool may God bless you with a contrite Heart.
  • Yes (01/10/2016, 11:07) Like (2) Dislike (20) Reply
    Keep this away from the TT monster
  • BVIslander (01/10/2016, 13:55) Like (31) Dislike (1) Reply
    the Pride and Security of these brave and happy survivors is brilliant and wonderful to see...Thank you ladies.very much.
  • the lauher (01/10/2016, 19:55) Like (0) Dislike (13) Reply
    Oh I feel so bad. At least no interruptions in the way (if u no what I mean);-) lol
  • dog (02/10/2016, 22:46) Like (29) Dislike (0) Reply
    where is the respect for these survivors? They are not shamed but rejoice at being alive. I have more shame for those of you who are so immature and disrespectful that you respond with shallowness and stupidity.
  • .. (03/10/2016, 10:27) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    She is beautiful! Shame of those who share these disrespectful comments. You don't know your future, remain humble.
    • Heartfelt (04/10/2016, 00:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I think you ladies can promote such in a more appropriate is a great blessing to see all who made it.why not thank God in a very thankful. Regardful.and respectful way.please think think think.thanks
  • Be more concerned (04/10/2016, 00:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    GLORIA you look ok.see if you can get others to even look ok like you.
  • Observer (04/10/2016, 10:07) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Cancer is so rampant now in the world. How the picture looks is a distraction. I believe that the focus should be on informing all that it is important to conduct self-examination as often as possible and to ensure that the correct way of performing the examination is told to all. Gloria, I wish you God's grace. In his word it says that he has already place within us that which is necessary for our success. You are a success story. Lots of love.
  • Truth (06/10/2016, 13:22) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Where can I get the Tshirts

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