By Romy Fawaz
October is known as international Breast Cancer awareness month! It recognizes anyone affected by breast cancer and seeks to increase awareness of the disease. This month we are highlighting Nothing Pink, a non-profit organization located in South Carolina and founded in 2015 by Kelly Kashmer. The organization is focused on providing support for women and men and their families in and around greater Charlotte, NC and Fort Mill/Rock Hill, SC areas.
Hereditary breast and ovarian cancers are inherited genetic conditions. This means that cancer risk is passed from generation to generation in a family. While there are many genes associated with hereditary cancer risk, the 2 primary genes linked to most families who have hereditary breast and ovarian cancers are BRCA1 and BRCA2. BRCA stands for BReast CAncer. A change in either of these gives women an increased risk of developing certain cancers, including breast and ovarian cancer. It also increases cancer risk for men, particularly risk for breast and prostate cancer.
Nothing Pink began after founder, Kelly Kashmer, received a positive breast cancer diagnosis only two weeks after she received a BRCA2 positive result. She underwent months of testing, chemotherapy, and eleven surgeries. As a result, she wanted to form an organization that would help other women in her community. She wanted to raise awareness and support surrounding genetic testing and preventative options for hereditary breast and ovarian cancers. The name of the organization stemmed from the phrase “There’s nothing pink about breast cancer.”
Nothing Pink’s goal is to ensure that everyone is given the opportunity to prevent the disease and make life saving decisions for the future by educating men and women about the importance of genetic counseling and genetic testing.
Nothing Pink seeks to increase awareness of hereditary breast and ovarian cancers and provide personalized support for individuals at high risk. Nothing pink is committed to:
- Providing awareness about cancer prevention through genetic testing and sharing personal testimonies who have experienced the path of prevention
- Educating others at risk of hereditary breast and ovarian cancers by directing them to qualified GC and linking through 1 on 1 meeting and support groups
- Assisting those facing high risk and or currently in treatment for breast and ovarian cancer with financial assistance programs
Since COVID-19 hit in March, Nothing Pink has taken on the motto “Cancer doesn’t stop for COVID”, and have continued their amazing advocacy and education initiative completely online. They host 2 online support groups, one for the members in Greater Charlotte and one for those in Fort Mills area. However, anyone in the Carolinas is welcome to join since it is now virtual. Nothing Pink recognized the difficulty for their community members to come out because of the pandemic and the rigors of cancer treatment and felt the grave importance of continuing on with their support group meetings. Having the online meetings allows members to join virtually and also in the comfort of their homes.
For individuals seeking support, please visit:
Nothing Pink also provides care packages for patients. These care packages are curated by women who have recently had breast surgery and include everything a woman needs post- surgery for any individual in North or South Carolina. So far, they have sent out 16 packages since the care package program began in July.
This year, Nothing Pink’s annual Croquet and Cocktails event will be an online virtual auction from October 1st to October 4th. The auction team works hard each year to create the best items, including spa packages and vacation getaways!
The proceeds of the event go directly to supporting women in the community, especially now with care packages and online support groups.
To register, go to nothingpink.givesmart.com
Or text “Nothingpink” to 76278
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