Gabrielle Union has always been one of my favorite actresses because of her ability to play the role of a sassy, classy chick from around the way. Just when I thought we couldn’t have more in common, Gabby gives me another reason to love her not only as an actress, but as a positive black woman, leader and great role model.
This past weekend, Gabby joined the Susan G. Komen foundation in Washington D.C. for the ‘Race For The Cure’ marathon. Since losing a friend of hers a few years ago to breast cancer, it has been her mission to educate women on the importance of having annual mammograms. As a global ambassador for the Susan G. Komen Circle of Promise program, Gabby provides women with information on breast cancer prevention services as well as educational programs to women all across the globe.
Like Gabrielle Union, breast cancer awareness and prevention is VERY near and dear to my heart. I lost my maternal grandmother at the tender age of five to breast cancer and lost my second cousin to breast cancer almost two years ago on our birthday (July 6 will make two years). Not to mention my mother is a breast cancer survivor of almost four years (June 25, pictured below).
Moments before joining the race, she tweeted:
“Beautiful morning in DC! So proud 2 be a part of the #GlobalRace & an Ambassador for @KomenfortheCure. I’m here in memory of my friend Kristen Martinez ”
In an interview with ABC, she shared the message her friend Kristen Martinez wanted to deliver to women across the world:
“Fear can literally kill you. You have to tell people that it’s better to know than not know. Prevention is the key. Don’t be so fearful of what the news may be that you just never go.”
On her involvement with Susan G. Komen foundation:
”When they found out about the work I was doing on behalf of Kristen Martinez they invited me to be a global ambassador for the Circle of Promise, part of Susan G Komen. I recognize through my work with Kristen, and in urban communities, there are so many factors why we have the highest mortality rate. Fear being one of those things, access to proper health care is another, and our lack of knowledge about preventive services is huge and through Susan G Komen we have taken that message worldwide. What I have noticed is more than anything, what’s shocking and not what I expected, is the same issues that you see in third world countries are the same issues that we see in America. I always say I didn’t need to leave the Bronx to be educated about what the needs are in the world, because they’re the same.”
Check out the interview below: