Cancer Survivor Treazure Lee and Recording Artist Shurlavision at Dinah Shore 2008 in Palm Springs, CA

So this Saturday, yours truly is participating in the 15th Annual Entertainment Industry Foundation Revlon Run/Walk for Women Los Angeles.

I was inspired to so by cancer survivor Treazure Lee, publisher of, an online magazine for lesbians of color and by other women that I know who have been affected by cancer.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosis among African American women, and among women nationwide. Studies have shown that when African American women follow the same preventive measures as white women, their death rates from breast cancer are very similar. However, African American women are more likely than white women to be diagnosed at later stages of the disease and are more likely to die from it.

Sistas like Treazure, who are survivors, are no different than you or I. Breast cancer can happen to any of us, at anytime. What’s important to me besides finding a cure, is that as African-American woman, we have the same access in receiving full treatment so that we can survive breast cancer. That means access to comprehensive health insurance that covers the cost of treatment and to the early life education that’s needed around breast cancer so that we do not continue to be diagnosed later in life when our chances of survival are less.

A year ago, I wouldn’t have dreamed of registering to walk in this event, but it’s a new year, and I am a new me, a 75 pounds and counting lighter me.

As much as I am down for the cause of the Revlon Run/Walk For Women, this is also going to be a big challenge for me physically. It fits in line with a long list of personal goals that I have created for myself in 2008.

If you’re in Los Angeles and are participating too, look for our team, Team 497. If you’re not registered, it’s not too late to sign up online or to register to walk the day of. And finally, if you’re registered, don’t care to register, but want to walk with out team, do that.

Saturday, May 10, 2008 – Mother’s Day Weekend
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum at Exposition Park

7:00 am
T-shirt Pick-up and Pledge Drop-off
On-site Registration
Health Expo

8:00 am
Celebrity Opening Ceremonies

8:45 am
Official Start of 5K Run

9:00 am
Official Start of 5K Walk

10:15 am – Noon
Finish Line Festivities
Celebration Concert
Commemorative Survivors Photogr