Empowering Communities: Breast Cancer & Diabetes Awareness Campaign 2022

Pink Saturday

Conversations from the Heart: Remembering, Honoring, and Educating

October is a month that brings awareness to two life-threatening diseases that have impacted countless lives worldwide – Breast Cancer and Diabetes. In 2022, New Day Employment Network Inc. (NDEN) took a stand to shed light on these dreadful diseases by organizing a series of events culminating in a 1-mile walk in downtown Joliet, Illinois.

Thanksgiving and Acknowledgment

Pam Fort, founder of NDEN, expressed her heartfelt gratitude to everyone who played a role in the campaign. “It made my heart smile to see all the people that came out to honor their loved ones, friends, themselves, and the countless people whose life has been cut short by these diseases,” she said. Special thanks were given to Tracee Carr, David White, Trisha Fort, and Trista Brown for their significant contributions to the campaign.

The Walk

The walk took place on October 8th, from 9 am to 10 am, in front of the old courthouse. It was an opportunity to celebrate and honor the loved ones we’ve lost, the survivors, the caregivers, and to educate the public about prevention and detection to reduce the risk of these diseases.

Awareness Campaign

“Our goal was to provide an Awareness Campaign that put a face to the health challenges that exist in our communities, and provide life-saving resources,” Pam Fort explained. Participants shared personal stories via Zoom and Facebook Live, which are still available for viewing on the Breast Cancer Awareness 2022 Facebook page.

Guest Speakers and Resources

The campaign included various guest speakers, such as Don Mayberry III, Dolly Lgiebor, Michael & Jeannine Vollmer, Coleda Blair Paige and Jeremy Paige, Pam Babcock, and Tracee Carr, each sharing valuable insights and resources. Resources shared included the American Cancer Society, Diabetes Education Sessions from the Will County Health Department, and contact information for Certified Empowerment Wellness Coach Coleda Paige Blair.

Prevention is Key

“Every 12 minutes in the U.S., breast cancer takes a life. PREVENTION IS KEY,” cited from Susan G. Komen Foundation. Similarly, the International Diabetes Federation states, “Diabetes kills three people every minute: so what in the world can we do to fight it? PREVENTION IS KEY.” These powerful statistics underline the importance of awareness and prevention.

Closing Note

In October, we started seeing pink, but our fight against these diseases continues year-round. NDEN remains committed to empowering communities with knowledge, resources, and support. Together, we can make a difference and save lives. Agape Love, Pam Fort, New Day Employment Network, Inc.

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