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The community came together for the 18th Annual Audre Lorde Cancer Awareness Brunch.  Photo by Melanie Fu.

18th Annual Audre Lorde Cancer Awareness Brunch Emphasized Importance of Self-Care

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Over 100 attendees, including women of color cancer survivors and their supporters, volunteers, performers, and Fenway staff, came together on October 22 for the 18th Annual Audre Lorde Cancer Awareness Brunch. The theme of this year’s event – “Self-Care: I Am My Best Work” – was inspired by Audre Lorde’s famous quote: “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” The importance of self-care for survivors was highlighted throughout the event, at which attendees were offered free stress reduction coloring books that included resources for cancer survivors of color, yoga poses, 
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Cancer survivors and their supporters gathered at the 17th Annual Audre Lorde Cancer Brunch to celebrate and heal.

Audre Lorde Brunch Celebrates The Power Of Cancer Survivors

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For the 17th year in a row, those whose lives have been touched by cancer gathered to honor the courage of survivors and celebrate the legacy of a poet and social justice advocate. The 17th Annual Audre Lorde Cancer Awareness Brunch brought together approximately 100 people, who filled the 9th floor of Fenway Health’s Ansin Building with an atmosphere of friendship, community, and above all, incredible resilience. The event was highlighted by several powerful presenters and performers. Jackie Harris recalled her battle with breast cancer and the power that she found in community, particularly through the support she found from 
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Fenway's 15th annual Audre Lorde Cancer Awareness Brunch will take place on October 26.

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Problem with Pink

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Even with all of the vibrant red, yellow and orange leaves sprinkling the trees this time of year, October is the month of pink. Every October we celebrate National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a national campaign to raise awareness of breast cancer through fundraisers, educational events and many, many pink products. Similarly, during February’s Heart Disease Awareness Month, famous women don red dresses on the runways of New York Fashion Week to raise awareness of heart disease as part of the National Institute of Health’s “The Heart Truth” campaign. Feminine images—a red dress, a bright pink tank top—are increasingly used 
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Performers from ABCD’s Young Women’s Health Leadership Academy pose with poet and educator Ashley-Rose Salomon at the 14th Annual Audre Lorde Brunch

14th Annual Audre Lorde Cancer Awareness Brunch Educates, Connects, and Inspires Attendees

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On October 27, more than 100 people gathered for the 14th Annual Audre Lorde Cancer Awareness Brunch at Fenway Health. This event serves as a place for women to connect, learn about cancer-related issues, and nourish mind, body and spirit. This year’s theme “Sharing Stories to Build Community: Nurturing the Creative Parts of Each Other” inspired attendees to share their experiences, laugh, cry and celebrate strength and survival. RN Debbie Lyn Toomey leads everyone through Healthy Steps. The program was emceed by Dr. Yvonne Gomez Carrion of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dean Renée White of Simmons College gave a 
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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but one-size-fits-all messaging leaves many in the LGBT community behind.

A More Inclusive Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and information about self-breast exams, mammography, and risk reduction tips are all over the media. This information is critical—prevention and early detection are two of the best defenses against breast cancer. But often, breast cancer information overlooks the LGBT community and other minorities. Sexual, gender and other minority women are more likely to experience financial, cultural, or linguistic barriers to adequate health care. This can mean fewer doctor’s visits, mammograms, and less follow-up care. “Breast screening is part of overall health maintenance and lesbians are less likely to go for general care for 
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