The reigning Mr. Breast Fest Joshua Banks, approached me about an amazing opportunity to team up with an organization call “Beyond Boobs” to help raise money for breast cancer survivors. Every year they nominate an ambassador to serve as the male face of the organization, assisting in raising money and educating young survivors on the benefits and the practices of a healthy lifestyle. The timing of him reaching out to me was purely divine, as I had been praying for a way to contribute my energy toward helping a worthy cause.
I admit before being approached about competing for the title of “Mr. Breast Fest” I didn’t know much about breast cancer or how it affected the lives of millions of Americans. No one in my family suffered from this horrible disease so you can say I was oblivious to nature of this epidemic. After doing some research I discovered some alarming statistics. I learned that approximately 85 percent of breast cancer occur in women with NO FAMILY HISTORY of the disease. Women in America have a 1 in 8 chance of developing this disease. The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2011 in the United States, 230,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer and 57,650 cases of non-invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed, and approximately 39,520 women will die from the disease. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death due to cancer in older women, behind only lung cancer; among young women (ages 20 – 59) it is the leading cause.Hearing the stories of the “Boobers” (beyond boobs’ cool nick name for their survivors) did 2 things to me. Nearly brought me to tears, and made me super proud to be a part of this event. Seeing the smiles on these amazing women’s faces as we (the contestants) made fools of our selves bobbing for powdered donuts hung from a string, or riding the mechanical bull while wearing a pink decorated bra!
I danced with a beautiful nimble footed older woman, who had moves like a college freshman. It hadn’t had this much fun since… I don’t remember the last time I had this much fun!! I raised several hundreds of dollars in my tip jar and was name “Mr. Breast Fest Runner up” A title that they came up with this year.
I was honored to be a part of this amazing cause. The smile on the faces of the Boobers was my favorite part of the entire experience. Just knowing that for that 2 hours they were worry free and genuinely enjoying themselves meant a lot to me. Yes, it was a competition for a very honorable title, but this event was about these brave survivors!