The event blossomed into a spirited get together, all for an important cause. Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway declared the month of October as Carlsbad's Breast Cancer Awareness Month while State Representative Cathrynn Brown spoke on the significance of taking care of yourself. Several individuals shared stories, while doctors and nurses gave advice on the importance of getting routine mammograms. Music filled the center and the Little Cavemen Cheerleaders pumped the crowd up with a lively performance.
Vendors such as Mary Kay, Avon, Carlsbad Medical Center, Kymera Independent Physicians and the Shannon J. Shaw Memorial Fund provided assistance to those interested. Relay for Life committee members welcomed guests with big smiles at the entrance, where there also sat a ribbon pinning station for guests to show their pink pride. Rose colored tables were set up with hot pink cupcakes, cookies, pizza, sandwiches and pink lemonade and guests weren't afraid to dig in.
Survivor Georgia Gonzalez made sure to attend the event and has for several years. "It's important to know what you have and how to cope. You can come here and talk to anyone and see your friends and know
She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009, battled through chemo and radiation, but with a large amount of courage and faith, Gonzalez said she has now been in remission for two years and will continue to fight with others against the disease.
Dr. Mohmad Ajaz Bulbul from Kymera Cancer Center made sure to emphasize the importance of awareness and read off some numbers. Twenty percent of breast cancer patients don't win the battle, and early detection is one of the issues individuals seem to struggle with, he said.
"We have everything you need right here in Carlsbad. You don't have to drive to Albuquerque or Lubbock to get treatments," Bulbul said. The Cancer Center is going to start giving seminars on all types of cancer to provide awareness for the residents of Carlsbad, according to Bulbul.