Submitted by Andrea Fogg and Teresa McGaney-Guy
On October 21, 2023, the Atlantic City Alumnae Chapter held its Breast Cancer Memorial Brunch. The “Brunch” is a breast cancer prevention and awareness fundraiser event supporting women of color battling breast cancer and providing health resources to the under and uninsured.
Dr. Anjeanette T. Brown, a breast oncology surgeon and keynote speaker, highlighted the importance of appropriate testing i.e., annual mammograms, ultrasounds, MRIs, genetic testing, and research. ACAC partnered with Atlantic Medical Imaging (AMI), AtlantiCare, Advanced Shore Imaging Associates (ASIA), and Shore Medical Center, who were in attendance and also provided resources regarding screenings, early detection and offered giveaways.
More than100 people were in attendance and participated in the fundraiser. The fundraiser cleverly auctioned 20 creatively-themed baskets designed by teams of sorors in the chapter. ACAC also displayed a memorial video, titled “Ooh Child, Things Are Going To Get Easier,” produced by, co-chairperson, Andrea Fogg. The tribute highlighted chapter members who had succumbed to breast cancer and other illnesses. Glorist Moore, the other co-chairperson, shared “HerStory” about overcoming and living through breast cancer with family, faith, and fortitude.
The bi-annual event increases awareness of and funding for the life-threatening disease. Over the years, the brunch’s outreach has expanded its connection with many women in making larger strides for obtaining resources more simply and funding much more possible. These efforts have simplified searches for women of color battling against breast cancer and exhaling the relief of “ooh child, things have been made much easier.”