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Fighting cancer one pink wig at a time

Updated on October 19, 2015

Fighting cancer with fun

I am a member of the Krewe du Yayas, a local Mardi Gras crew with a focus on raising awareness and money to fight breast cancer. We participate in multiple parades in town and can easily be spotted wearing our hot pink wigs, tiaras, and pink and black attire. Our motto is "Live, Laugh, Love" and we make a point to have fun and live life to the fullest. We have several fundraising events throughout the year, including a golf tournament, a 5k run, a dice motorcycle run and a Race for Pink racetrack event. We not only raise money for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and walk for the event locally, but we have our own non-profit organization as well. The Keeping Abreast Foundation is the true reason we raise funds throughout the year. Through the Keeping Abreast Foundation, the Krewe is able to support women (and men) in need for diagnostic and followup mammograms and support services for those without the ability to otherwise have testing done. We are partnered with several local facilities that provide services with our funding. The Krewe du Yayas is made up of 150 women, including multiple breast cancer survivors and fighters. We are constantly striving to find new ways to raise money and awareness for the fight against breast cancer.

Statistically, one in eight women will be diagnosed in their lifetime with breast cancer. In most cases, breast cancer is a curable disease if it is detected early. The Krewe du Yayas work hard to get the word out that early detection and treatment is imperative to winning the battle. Through the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign, which is part of the American Cancer Society, continuous research and education regarding early detection, treatment and prevention is released to the public. As the Krewe, we focus on helping local individuals get the treatment and support they need.

For more information or ways to donate, please visit our website: www.kreweduyayas.com

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