Sixth Annual Braves Breast Cancer Awareness Day
This season, the Atlanta Braves, Publix Super Markets, WellStar Health System and the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer teamed up for the sixth Annual Braves Breast Cancer Awareness Day. The day-long celebration of survivorship honored those who have courageously battled breast cancer, and raised awareness and funds to support research, education and advocacy for cancer patients and their families throughout metro Atlanta.
Breast cancer survivors, friends and family were invited to a pre-game reception hosted by CBS Atlanta anchor and 5 year breast cancer survivor JaQuitta Williams. Dr. Ralph Bell addressed the attendees about his experience battling breast cancer and six Diamond of Hope Award winners were recognized. The Diamond of Hope Award honors community activists who have made exceptional contributions to the fight against breast cancer. The 2012 Diamond of Hope Award honored caregivers (i.e. medical professionals, family, friends) who have made an impact in the lives of breast cancer survivors.
Following the pre-game reception, over 200 breast cancer survivors were recognized during an on-field presentation. Blue Sky Riders featuring Kenny Loggins performed the song, “Be Brave” and survivors took part in a pink balloon release signifying the hope that a cure for breast cancer will be found. The Braves salute all of the courageous breast cancer survivors.
2012 Braves Diamond of Hope Award WinnersFreddy Torres/Lawrenceville, GA Freddy was nominated by his wife Monica Torres who has been fighting Breast Cancer for four years. Freddy has provided unconditional love and support, he is an extraordinary dad. Monica said she owes her strength, tenacity and ability to survive to her husband as he has been her rock, crutch, laughter and best friend. Ruby Guillory/Lithonia, GA Ruby is an oncology nurse navigator and tireless advocate of breast cancer patients and their families at Dekalb Medical. She started a support groups for patients and she buys groceries for patients struggling to make ends meet and during the holidays she gathers toys to distribute to patients who after spending so much on treatment had nothing for their children. Rita Evans/Woodstock, GA Rita Evans is a lifetime advocate for women and healthcare. She established the GA chapter of Susan G. Komen and was instrumental in ensuring that mammograms and pap smears are covered by Medicare in Georgia. Alyssa Nesmith and Bailey Strickland/Lithonia, GA Alyssa and Bailey who were only eleven years old at the time were classmates at Greater Atlanta Christian School last year and were assigned to come up with a special service project. They chose to focus on breast cancer survivors to honor Alyssa’s father Steve who is a breast cancer survivor. They put together special “Pick Me Up” gift baskets for patients at Dekalb Medical to brighten their days and to let them know others were thinking about them.