Reston, VA, December 23, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- The Tigerlily Foundation hosted its First Annual Pink Boa 5k Run/Walk to raise awareness about young women with breast cancer on Saturday, September 15, 2012 at Reston Town Center in Reston, Virginia. This year’s Pink Boa 5k Run/Walk set the tone for an inspirational morning with supporters and survivors.
The event was hosted by Sarah Fraser of HOT 99.5, Anita Bikman of WUSA9, and Allyn Rose, Miss District of Columbia 2012. Sponsors included Eisai, Yelp, Radiology Imaging Associates, Reston Hospital Center, The Medical Spa at Nova, Chantal’s Bakery, Giant Food, Pop Chips, Snikiddy, Allegra Marketing, Print & Mail of Fairfax, VitaCoco Water, and Road Runners Sports. Media sponsors and supporters included Bisnow, Mundovision, Clear Channel’s Hot 99.5 and Northern Virginia Magazine.
Tigerlily Foundation’s 2012 Pink Boa 5k Run/Walk raised over $35K to support its programs which assist young women (15 – 40) living with breast cancer with a variety of family and life services starting at diagnosis, through treatment and beyond. Services include education, a chemotherapy buddy program, buddy bag program, financial assistance, meals, life management support, empowerment services and services that help to improve the quality of life after breast cancer. The organization empowers young women to celebrate their lives every day by being their own best advocates and harnessing their personal power. Tigerlily Foundation also has programs focusing on providing healthcare practitioners with education focused on young women and breast cancer.
Tigerlily Foundation’s 2nd Annual Pink Boa 5k Run/Walk is scheduled for September 2013. Please visit www.tigerlilyfoundation for more information on our programs and events.
About the Tigerlily Foundation and Founder Maimah Karmo:
Tigerlily Foundation’s mission is to educate, advocate for, empower and provide hands-on support to young women affected by breast cancer. Funds go towards educating young women and girls about their breast health, and providing financial assistance, meals, buddies, and empowerment to young women in treatment. Founder Maimah Karmo, is a breast cancer survivor, diagnosed at 32. Determined to provide resources to other young women, Karmo founded the Tigerlily Foundation in 2006, and gave it the name of a flower that represents beauty, strength and transformation. She has become an activist for her cause and appeared on the “Oprah Winfrey Show” and in other local and national media outlets.
According to the National Cancer Institute, breast cancer is the leading cause of death in American women ages 15-54. More than 250,000 women age 40 and under in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lives, and more than 11,000 women will be diagnosed next year. Younger women often have more aggressive breast cancers and higher mortality rates. For more information, visit www.tigerlilyfoundation.org or become a fan on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.