The 2010 Pink Power Mom class: Hillary Sweet, Mary Ann Wasil Nilan, Wendy McCool, Lydia Dody, me and Linda Blair (not the actress!).
Wow! In a word that’s how I’d describe the past weekend’s Kids II Bright Starts Pink Power Mom 5th anniversary weekend in Atlanta. Each year Bright Starts celebrates eight mothers who have battled breast cancer and dedicated themselves to helping others in the struggle. They have honored and supported a total of 40 moms, all of whom are involved in life-changing charities. I felt extremely humbled to be included in this amazing group and thoroughly enjoyed connecting with so many amazing women and the people who support them.
In past posts I’ve criticized some companies for exploiting breast cancer for their own profit. Kids II, which produces baby toys and products, is certainly is NOT one of them. I had the privilege of sitting in on a roundtable discussion, which the company’s CEO and senior vice president of marketing attended. Pink Power Mom’s is the company’s #1 philanthropy, yet it’s still the best-kept secret. They wanted our feedback to spread the word, not about their products, but to attract more nominees. Rather than give money to huge organizations like Komen, their goal is to support women who are inspired by their cancer journey to help others. Since I don’t have my own charity, I donated this year’s gift to the National Breast Cancer Coalition . They accept the 2012 nominees this Spring, and I’ll let you know how to nominate a deserving person!
And what a weekend it was! Last year, they promised that this year’s event was going to top last year’s. The party at Atlanta’s High Museum of Modern Art was over-the-top: Great food, fabulous band, and an amazing recognition ceremony that included a video from Desperate Housewives’ Marcia Cross congratulating us! It brought tears to my eyes hearing the stories of this year’s recipients, especially our “class of 2010″ Super Pink Power Mom Mary Ann Wasil Nilan, whose cancer came back as stage IV this year. She was beautiful and triumphant, stating “This is what stage IV looks like!” Wow, if I could look like her, I’d be happy!
Perhaps the best part of the weekend was reuniting with my fellow 2010 Pink Power Moms. We made plans to get together next year, which took the sting out of saying goodbye to these wonderful women.
In future posts, I will introduce you to some of the amazing women I met this weekend and the organizations they lead. In the meantime, to read more about their stories go to www.pinkpowermom.com .
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