LAUDERDALE LAKES, Fla., April 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Woman2Woman Breast Cancer Foundation (W2WBCF) "Celebrated Life" earlier this month in South Florida with the organization's annual signature events – Real Men Support Pink Celebrity Golf Tournament and Pink Diamond Ball in support of Breast Cancer Awareness. The support of Actors Hill Harper, Chris Spencer, NBC Miami's Trina Robinson, Singer Yolanda Adams and sponsors: The Fort Lauderdale Westin Beach Hotel & Spa, Phil Smith Auto, Best Buy, Alfs Golf, Warren Henry Automobile and WFLC 97.3 The Coast, W2WBCF successfully increased fundraising efforts by 67% over last year.
"This is an amazing accomplishment for Woman2Woman," states Founder & CEO Jacqueline Gray. "By stepping up the foundation's viability nationally, we were able to raise a record amount of funds that will be used directly to assist those diagnosed with breast cancer and their families who are in financial need. Our personal pledge that 'no woman faces breast cancer alone' is deeply embedded in our practice and we are humbled to know that all who supported our cause this year feels the same way."
On Friday, April 8, many NFL greats hit the greens at the Plantation Preserve Golf Course taking a personal stand as men supporting breast cancer awareness, reminding us all that this is not just a woman's disease.
On Saturday, April 9, Actors Hill Harper, Chris Spencer and singer Yolanda Adams came out to the Pink Diamond Ball, held at the Westin Beach Resort & Spa, in support of the organization's mission to work with women from all economic backgrounds promoting breast cancer awareness in the community and providing needed support. Grammy Award winning artist, Yolanda Adams beautifully performed two songs, "Never Give Up," and "I Believe I Can Fly" and CSI: NY's Actor Hill Harper came to the stage and spoke to attendees about how important it is to come together and support one another to fight against this epidemic which is ravishing communities across the country.
It was an elegant affair with strong messages of community support, education and preventative care. There were heartfelt stories like that 38 year-old Kimberly Smith of Ft. Lauderdale, who was on top of the world having just finished law school and was in the process of taking the Bar exam when her world "came crashing down." In 2004, she was diagnosed with Breast cancer and has been fighting it ever since. Although, the disease has spread to many of her vital organs, including her brain, she stood up at the W2WBCF Pink Diamond Ball as a pillar of courage and faith. At one point, doctors recommended her to hospice, but her parents would not allow her to give up. Everyday brings new challenges for Kimberly, however she is alive today to share her story and possibly save the life of others while encouraging strength in those who are in the battle.
For more information visit: www.w2wbcf.org or call 800-766-0135.
Contact: Lisa Sorensen, +1-646-330-5458
SOURCE The Woman2Woman Breast Cancer Foundation