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Using Zumba to Bring Awareness for Breast Cancer

Women dressed in pink use Zumba to bring awareness for Breast Cancer at the Two Waters Courtyard.

On Monday, October 24, about 20 women dressed in pink danced alongside each other in the Community Building, using Zumba to both improve their physical fitness and as a way to help increase breast cancer awareness within the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. They danced for those who have been affected by breast cancer or are survivors.

“What pink means to me is to never stop living and to live a life with purpose. Brush yourself off and start over. When the going gets tough, just keep on truckin.’ My aunt passed away from lymphoma that started out as breast cancer, so it’s always a reminder to take care of myself,” said Zumba participant and F.A.C.E. parent-teacher Dolores Childs-Fullen.

“Our mom, Juanita Edwards, is a [breast cancer] survivor,” said Community member Karen Edwards. “By chance, the [mobile mammography unit] was here [visiting the Community], and her doctor told her to go get an exam. That’s how she found out. [Her tumor] was the size of a speck of salt and they caught it right in time. We weren’t really aware of it until she was pre-diagnosed, and then everything changed. We are more aware of breast cancer now because of our mom. The color pink now means to fight, have strength and endure. Get tested; it’s very important.”

Community member Susanna Guererro said, “I just wanted to be here to support those who do have breast cancer and to give them that strength and love that they need. I just really want to support them. For me, pink means hope.”

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