Party in Pink
Party in Pink
Unfortunately, breast cancer is not a topic or subject in general conversation that is talked about in many Asian, Migrant or Refugee communities. It is up to us to make the change. To raise awareness of breast cancer but also to find a cure.
I am a female, who has a mother, sister in law, friends and people whom I love as “females”. Each of their lives is equally important and precious. Last year I came to understand what it feels like to lose someone to breast cancer.
She came to class and quiet, but I can see her determination of mastering the steps and willingness to learn. When we organised a Party in Pink last year, she told me where she worked at as a manager and might be able to sponsor some items for next year party in pink if we were going to have another one. I was very grateful and told her that there would be surely be another one, but I had no idea that this time it would be without her.
I went back to Malaysia in March 2013 for a month, and she did not come to the class after I returned. I thought she might have been busy, so I get the volunteered to contact her but did not get a response.
I saw two of her friends whom she brought along to Zumba had come without her on one evening. After the class, I rushed to them and asked how is she. Her friend told me she passed away due to breast cancer. I was shocked and sad at the same time. Her friend said she was a very brave lady, who did not want others to feel sorry for her.
Her friends told me she experienced many unpleasant side effects because of chemotherapy, but she still remained active. She also told her friend that she enjoyed Zumba and loves the music because it helps her to forget about her pain momentarily.
Her friends now only go to Albany’s Zumba class instead of going to where they were before. That is because it reminded of her and they are still in the process of grieving.
I am even more determined to organise the second party in pink because this fundraiser event is not just about supporting a cause, it also helping to find the cure for breast cancer. The beauty of this is we all can be part of this, by celebrating life, a life that has touched, nurtured and loved.
Together we also hope to raise awareness for all the women regardless of your ethnic background, and we all need to talk about this with your friends. Together we at Zumba can bring hope.
On the 18 Oct Friday, with the sponsorship of the Auckland Netball Centre we are able to host around 600 people. We want people to come to celebrate the life that have been impacted by the breast cancer. Write your comments on our Facebook page and tell us whose life are you celebrating? Mothers, sisters, friends or whoever that has left an imprint in your life. Let us do it together and celebrate.
(A BIG SHOUT OUT to Eventfinda Pro to sponsoring Party In Pink and making online ticket possiblehttp://www.eventfinder.co.nz/2013/party-in-pink/auckland/st-johns and SanArt Event for stage sponsor).