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Tigerlily Foundation Hosted 4th Annual “EmPower” Ball

Event Highlighted Advocacy and Empowerment for Young Women Affected by Breast Cancer

Reston, VA, December 23, 2012 --( The Tigerlily Foundation hosted its 4th Annual EmPOWER Ball to raise awareness about young women with breast cancer on Saturday, October 20, 2012, from 6-10PM at the McLean Hilton, in McLean, Virginia. This year’s EmPower”Ball set the tone for an evening slated with live entertainment, speeches from breast cancer advocates, dinner, signature cocktails, live and silent auction, local business leaders, and inspirational stories from young breast cancer survivors.

The Tigerlily Foundation honored recipients for the 2012 Transformation, Inspire and KM Warrior Awards, including Beverly Vote, Founder, Breast Cancer Wellness Magazine, Lillie Shockney, Administrative Director of the John’s Hopkins Avon Foundation Breast Center, and Carla Shamblen, a young warrior living with Stage 4 breast cancer who passed this summer. Husband Doug Shamblen accepted the award on behalf of Carla and the rest of the Shamblen family. Previous awardees have included Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Representative Donna Christen and Jennifer Griffin, Fox 5 News Correspondent. The event was hosted by Andrea Roane, News Anchor, W*USA9, and presenters included Surae Chinn, Reporter, W*USA 9 and Tony Perkins, Fox 5 Morning News and Ashley Boalch, Ms. District of Colubmia 2011. Sponsors included Amgen, Eisai, Hilton McLean Tyson’s Corner, Gannett Foundation, Clark Construction, Clark Enterprises, Inc., Medco Foundation, Genentech, Backflow Tehcnology, LLC, Care First Blue Cross Blue Shield, Red Thinking, State Farm Insurance, CSC, The Genetics and IVF Institute, Traci Lynn Fashion Jewelry, Lynni Megginnson, Thompson Hospitality, The Law Firm of Edward Neufville, III, Atlantic Realty Companies, Wanda Alexis Alexander, Olivera Music Entertainment, L’Artisanlily, Allegra Marketing, Print, Mail of Fairfax, Designs by Debijo, Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce, OPI, Sonic Promos, Xerox Corporation and Alphagraphics. Media sponsors and supporters include Bisnow, Clear Channel’s Hot 99.5 and Northern Virginia Magazine.

Tigerlily Foundation’s 2012 EmPOWER Ball raised over $100,000 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 as well as services that help to improve the quality of life after breast cancer. Tigerlily Foundation empowers them to celebrate their lives every day by 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 5th Annual EmPOWER Ball is scheduled for October 19, 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, education 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 other TV shows.

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.orgor become a fan on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.
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