According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight U.S. women — about 12 percent — will develop invasive breast cancer in the course of her lifetime and the chances that a person may know not just one woman, but several women that have battled or will battle breast cancer in their lifetime is relatively high.
With Breast Cancer Awareness Month here, it is the time of the year when people go out and volunteer time, effort and funds to combat this terrible disease.
Susan G. Komen — formerly Susan G. Komen for the Cure — is perhaps the most recognized and best-funded breast cancer organization in the country and has been around for more than 30 years, striving to end breast cancer once and for all.
The organization has raised money for research, public health education, health screening services and treatment, holding annual events such as the Susan G. Komen 3-Day and Race for the Cure to fund the services they support.
Now, Antonette Mendoza, The Athletic Loft and Western Oklahoma State College want to help support them, but in a unique way.
Mendoza is the Zumba instructor for The Athletic Loft and has been a part of fundraising effort for this cause for many years, choosing to honor a close friend, student, or family member who has survived or is still battling breast cancer.
“As a Zumba fitness instructor for nearly five years, I have utilized my talents to host and raise funds for various charities,” Mendoza said. “However, the one closest to my heart is that of breast cancer awareness. I have raised thousands of dollars in hopes for a discovery for a cure.”
This year she is dedicating her efforts to her sister-in-law Amanda Gamboa, who is currently undergoing treatment.
Mendoza, WOSC and The Athletic Loft are hosting a Dance for a Cure Zumbathon at the gymnasium on WOSC’s campus 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Oct. 15 and costs $10 for adults and $5 for children. Included in the price is one bottle of water and a raffle ticket.
The mission of Susan G. Komen organization is to save lives and to invest in research to prevent and cure breast cancer.
Mendoza’s mission is to help the group achieve that in the hope of someday putting an end to this terrible disease.
For more information on the event, contact the Mendoza at 580-301-7265.
Reach Ryan Lewis at 580-482-1221, ext. 2076.