When asked why I cared about this cause and raising money for The Pink Fund, I was reminded that I have been raised by some phenomenal women in my life. Women that I didn’t realize until much later are survivors. I think about how they are mothers and daughters and teachers and mentors to so many people in the community often putting personal health and well-being on the back burner to take care of those around them. It is time that we remind them that they do not have to do everything alone. There are individuals that want to help and support them, to build them up like they have built so many of us up by being such remarkable leaders in their personal lives and in the community at-large. Moreover, I believe it is important to support The Pink Fund because although we may not talk about these issues in public, breast cancer touches our lives through the people in our families and workplaces more than we realize and it is taxing on these fighters’ purses, families, and livelihoods. They deserve to be able to fight this battle without having to worry about whether they will be able to make ends meet. Diane Mariechild once said, “A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture, and transform.” Let’s make sure all women can come full circle (and men too because contrary to popular belief, this battle is a man’s battle too).
I am a native of Loudon in East Tennessee, near Knoxville. This will be my third year in Memphis, and I am in love with our city. I came to Memphis to join the Memphis Teacher Residency in order to provide quality education for the students in Memphis. This will be my third year teaching English to sophomores and seniors at Kingsbury. I will be dancing in honor of survivors: Becky Courtney, Sharon Mohns, Eula Nook, and Donna Zukowski, current fighter: Martha Malloy, and in memory of my grandmother, Fanny Wilks; a church friend, Becky Baker; Kingsbury High discipline secretary, Ms. Jeanette Holliday and Kingsbury Art Teacher, Ms. Janna Bernstein.
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