Pause for the Cause–Komen Triangle Race for the Cure


One thing I’ve always wanted to do is participate in the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure. However, it seemed as if life would get in the way. My grandmother, mother and myself have all battled this disease. My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2011. She went through chemo from December 2011 and finished up in March of 2012.

In September of 2012 my grandmother passed. The loss of my grandmother is the hardest thing I’ve ever dealt with in my life. She was a shining example of faith and strength. After my grandmother’s passing I was more determined than ever to participate in the Komen walk. I never would have thought the year I was sure everything would be set that I would be undergoing treatment.

My mother and I always talk about how ironic it is that I was diagnosed in November (2014) as well and finished chemo in March (2015). In addition to chemo, I had to undergo a double mastectomy and I figured it would be too much to participate as I am currently in the middle of the reconstruction process.

However. after talking to my mother we decided to go for it. So here we are with 6 days until the race! (yikes). We are determined to let nothing keep us from participating this year.

On Saturday, June 13th, my mom and I will be participating in the walk here in Raleigh, N.C. at my alma mater Meredith College. I am so excited to finally be a part of this walk. I’m sure it’s going to be an amazing experience.

You can join us! Click HERE to make a donation to support team Purpose Painted Pink!

Thank you in advance for your help!


Monisha Parker View All →

I've always believed that we tend to be the most effective in areas where we have been the most affected. It's often our deepest pains that draw us closer to our purpose. Those words never really hit home until I was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer at the age of 28. I had watched both my mother and grandmother battle the disease, but never thought I would find myself in the same battle, especially not so young. I've learned through this journey that it's not what you go through, but how you go through it. I wanted to share my story in hopes that it will inspire someone to keep fighting, keep the faith and live on purpose.

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