Hello, my name is Alleyah and I am a fellow at the National Alliance for Hispanic Health in Washington, DC. My position as a Healthy Americas Fellow involves supporting the planning of ‘Get Up, Get Moving’ healthy lifestyle events that help connect Hispanic families to healthy resources and information across the country. Additionally, I work on food policy research and advocacy efforts on behalf of the Alliance. This October, Breast Cancer Awareness month, I had the opportunity to give the call to action speech for Capital Breast Care Center (CBCC) in Washington, DC at their Annual Gift of Life Breakfast. CBCC provides mammograms and breast cancer navigation to women regardless of their ability to pay.
When my mom, an uninsured real estate agent, found a lump in her breast she had nowhere to turn for care. She felt hopeless and scared for what her future would hold. CBCC handled everything from the initial consultation and mammogram, to her diagnosis, navigation and treatment. This amazing center empowered my mom with breast health information and stayed with her through every single step of the process. This allowed her to focus on her healing and let me and my siblings treasure additional years full of laughs, hugs, smiles and memories with our mother. Though she succumbed to this horrible disease, I’m so thankful that CBCC was a part of her journey.
The event went amazingly and the program director said that my speech helped them exceed their donations from past years. I was so humbled to be able to assist in these breast cancer advocacy efforts and help an amazing center that has touched my life. And thank you to my job for supporting my efforts!
The featured photo is of me during my call to action to speech.