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Pink Promise Luncheon
Monday, October 16, 2017
11:00am – 1:30pm
The Fourth Annual Pink Promise Luncheon will be held on Monday, October 16, 2017 at the Hotel Roanoke. Our keynote speaker is Nikia Hammonds-Blakely. Nikia Hammonds-Blakely was first diagnosed with breast cancer when awareness and treatment options were far from where they are today. It was 1994, she was 16 years old and felt powerless in her situation. But that didn’t keep her quiet for long. This is the story of an incredible young woman who found her voice in the midst of a life-long journey with breast cancer.
In the first three years, the Pink Promise Luncheon has raised over $225,000 to support our mission of a world without breast cancer. In 2016, we hosted 450 women and men at the event.
Keynote speaker: Nikia Hammonds-Blakely
Having survived a life-altering bout with Breast Cancer at age 16 years old, Nikia Hammonds-Blakely is an author, singer, songwriter and motivational speaker who focuses her message on receiving physical and emotional healing with the help of God and family.
When she was a sophomore in high school, she found a lump in her breast. Not even fathoming it could be cancer – no one on either side of her family had ever suffered from the disease – she didn’t think much of it. However, during a physical a short time later, her physician suggested performing a biopsy just to be sure. It turned out to be cancer, and a very aggressive form of cancer at that. She was terrified. Her doctors recommended a total mastectomy, but Nikia resisted. Instead she underwent several months of radiation and other surgeries.
As traumatic as it was, Nikia says her cancer also gave her a resolve she never had before. Until her diagnosis, she says she was only an average student. But once she decided she would beat her cancer and make the most of her life, she earned straight A’s and became the first person in her family to go to college. But she wouldn’t stop there. She would go on to earn an MBA, and is completing her PhD program studying organizational management.
Today, at age 38, Nikia is conquering a life-long struggle with obesity, through a healthy diet and exercise, resulting in a 70lb weight-loss. She says surviving cancer has motivated her to take control of her total health, and she finds great joy in encourages others to do the same. Still, her greatest lies ahead of her.
After discovering pre-cancerous cells during a recent mammogram & biopsy, Nikia decided to take a very proactive step to prevent the likely reoccurrence of breast cancer by undergoing a bilateral prophylactic mastectomy.
Click here to learn more about Nikia: www.nikiahammondsblakely.com
Local Survivor Speaker:
Alicia Mullis is a seven year breast cancer survivor. She graduated from Stetson University with a degree in marketing in 1991. After fighting breast cancer, she returned to school and became a Registered Nurse in 2015. She currently works as an Oncology Nurse at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. Alicia is a past board member for the Komen Virginia Blue Ridge Affiliate. She is mother of three children: Ashlynne (18), Brinson (16) and Tess (14).
Thank you to the 2017 Pink Promise Luncheon Sponsors for making this event possible!
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