YOUNG ADVOCATES STEPPING UP TO TAKE DOWN BREAST CANCER

By: All for the Breast Editorial Team, January 17, 2017

When a family member or friend is diagnosed with breast cancer, it touches everyone – no matter their age. The Avon Breast Cancer Crusade meets many young, inspiring people who have been impacted by breast cancer and want to do something about it – so future generations don’t have the same experience. And we spoke with some of these young advocates to learn more about what motivates them.

From cheering on walkers as part of AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer’s Youth Crew, and fundraising and walking 39.3 miles in two days, to spreading awareness among classmates through a school assignment, Ava, Charli, Joey, Lauren and Rocio share why they step up to take down breast cancer, and why you’re never too young to make a difference.

 

Ava at an AVON 39 Walk.

Ava, age 15, Sophomore

Ava has participated in AVON 39’s Youth Crew for five years and will walk 39.3 miles in 2017 as a first-time Walker.

Why is breast cancer an important cause to you? Breast Cancer is an important cause to me because it has affected members of my family, my aunt, cousins and some of my parents’ close friends.  This disease affects so many men and women in the world and I do not want to hear anymore that, “every three minutes a person is diagnosed with breast cancer.”

What would you say to a young person who has been directly impacted by breast cancer? I would tell a young person directly impacted by breast cancer that it is a tough disease but they should try to be as strong as possible for their loved one.  There is a lot of hope out there because of early detection and all of the treatments and services available to those diagnosed.

What are some of the ways you have tried to raise awareness for breast cancer? One of the ways I have tried to raise awareness is by being a part of the Youth Crew for so many years.  I also have organized a “human ribbon” at two of my schools. I have fundraised in the community for many years. And I have even spoken to family members and friends about breast cancer and what AVON 39 can offer to those who have been diagnosed.

 

Charli (on the right) walking with her sister Lia.

Charli, age 17, Senior

Charli participated in AVON 39’s Youth Crew for four years and has walked for two years.

Why is breast cancer an important cause to you? Breast Cancer is an important cause to me because I have seen it affect so many people, including myself. My mother passed away when I was younger so I fight for her since she no longer can.

What would you say to a young person who has been directly impacted by breast cancer? I would tell a young person who has been directly impacted by breast cancer that they should put their frustration and anger towards something powerful and good, like helping others to avoid the experience we’ve gone through.

What are some of the ways you have tried to raise awareness for breast cancer? I have tried to raise awareness for breast cancer as the President of the Breast Cancer Awareness club at my high school, and used this position to fundraise and make homemade tye-dye t-shirts and sold them for the pink out football game at our high school.

Describe AVON 39 in three words: United, powerful and inspiring.

 

Joey, age 15, Sophomore

Joey’s health class had an essay competition where each student had to pick an organization to write about –  Joey’s essay about the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade won.

Why do you think it’s important for young people to get involved with a cause like breast cancer? Breast cancer affects everyone in some way. Everyone I know, knows at least one person who has or has had breast cancer. It’s important for young people to be involved because they are the future, and if they get involved now they will spread it to other people until eventually everyone is helping.

What would you say to a young person who has been directly impacted by breast cancer? Do something to help the cause, so one day nobody will have to be in the shoes you’re in right now.

What is your hope for the future of breast cancer? I hope one day breast cancer becomes extinct and nobody will ever have it again.

 

Lauren at an AVON 39 Walk.

Lauren, age 12, 7th grade

Lauren is a member of the AVON 39 Youth Crew.

Why is breast cancer an important cause to you? It is important because my mom is a nine-year breast cancer survivor.

Who inspires you to give back? My mom inspires me to give back because all my life she has given back and I want to do the same thing.

What are some of the ways you have tried to raise awareness for breast cancer? I have been a member of AVON 39’s Youth Crew, and I raised money by having a yard sale and hosting a mini golf tournament where I sold baked goods.

Describe AVON 39 in three words: Powerful, energetic and passionate.

 

Rocio at her first AVON 39 Walk with her mom Louisa.

Rocio, age 16, Junior

Rocio participated in AVON 39’s Youth Crew for the first time in 2016.

Why is breast cancer an important cause to you? Breast cancer is an important cause to me because so many women around the world FIGHT breast cancer on a daily basis. I want to be part of the solution so that women don’t have to deal with this anymore. It is also important to me because many women in my family have been diagnosed with breast cancer and I don’t want any more of my role models and the strong women I look up to fight against breast cancer again.

Why do you think it’s important for young people to get involved with a cause like breast cancer? I think it is important for young people to get involved with causes like breast cancer because it is OUR future and OUR lives that are really on the line. We have to fight for what we want and deserve – a long, healthy life free of breast cancer and any cancer.

Who inspires you to give back? Everyone that I meet on a daily basis inspires me to give back. My mom, dad, grandparents, brother, sister, and just random people on the street. I believe that everyone is doing their part to make this world a better place, and by giving back, and volunteering for AVON 39, I’m doing my part.

 

Thank you Ava, Charli, Joey, Lauren and Rocio for your passion, drive and spirit. You all are heroes and an inspiration!

To learn more about AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer and Youth Crew, visit www.avon39.org.