Those fighting the deadliest of all cancers are celebrating a historic day, October 3, when the first official awareness day for Inflammatory Breast Cancer in the State of California was designated to raise state-wide awareness of the aggressive deadly cancer for the purpose of preserving life by preventing unnecessary deaths.
Instrumental in making the state resolution a reality was Fighting 4 the Tatas Breast Cancer, Inc., an organization founded by Joshlyn Earls of Rialto who worked with State Senator Connie M. Leyva (20th District) and Assemblywoman Eloise Gomez Reyes (47th District) to secure final passage of the bill in May. Members of the Tatas organization were on hand to witness the bill’s affirmation.
To commemorate the bill’s passage, on Saturday, October 6, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Fighting 4 the Tatas Breast Cancer, Inc., and the City of Rialto are co-sponsoring a Breast Cancer Awareness Festival In the park at Rialto City Park, located at 130 E. San Bernardino Avenue in the City of Rialto. Fighting 4 the Tatas Breast Cancer, Inc., and the City of Rialto invite everyone to learn about the deadly disease that has been impacting young and old that cannot be detected through a mammogram.
The bill seeks to bring greater awareness, understanding and insight to Inflammatory Breast Cancer as awareness is the first step in recognizing the disease in its earliest stages gaining the appropriate treatment to save lives according to Earls as the devastating disease progresses rapidly and getting treatment quickly is the difference between life and death.
Inflammatory Breast Cancer is a rapidly progressing and extremely aggressive disease in which cancer cells block lymph vessels in the skin of the breast within a matter of weeks or months. It is often difficult to diagnose as many in the medical field are unaware of the disease, which appears to be an itchy rash that can be easily misdiagnosed as an infection, occurs in younger women and can affect men as well.
“The disease is entirely different from other types of cancer,” explained Dr. Massino Cristofanilli of Northwestern University who added, “As a result, the symptoms, prognosis and outcomes all require specific, customized attention.” Cristopfanilli revealed some 15,000 to 20,000 cases are diagnosed annually.
“The bill helps us as an organization support our advocacy work by validating the everyday experiences of patients with this lethal disease,” said Earls, who founded Fighting 4 the Tatas in 2011 after being diagnosed with the disease, explaining, “Addressing their needs through better access to health care is an important step toward saving lives.”
Earls is seeking financial support to organize educational events to educate the medical community and public about the disease to prevent misdiagnosis of the deadly disease, to encourage early detection and save lives.
Fighting 4 the Tatas Breast Cancer is seeking your support on Saturday, October 6th at the Breast Cancer Awareness Festival In The Park by attending our “COME WALK WITH ME” a celebratory walk in honor of those we have lost and those still fighting the aggressive breast cancers. No Money necessary to attend; just come walk with me gathering at 7:30 a.m., walk starts at 8:00 a.m. There will be a Decorate a Bra competition, come and sign our ribbon at our wall of ribbons, participate in our silent auction, enjoy the music, while your children enjoy the Kid Zone.