Quad Webb-Lunceford

Quad explains why regular check-ups are important -- when screening for cancer or for cancerous friends like Mariah.

on May 18

It was an honor to be invited by fashion designer, Raphael Cox, to walk in the Women of Atlanta Fashion show to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation. My mission is to raise awareness about breast cancer and to motivate women, not only to set and achieve their goals, but to live a healthy life.

In 2014, there will be an estimated 1,665,540 new cancer cases diagnosed and 585,720 cancer deaths in the U.S. Cancer remains the second most common cause of death in the U.S., accounting for nearly one of every four deaths. It’s important to perform daily self-examinations, receive routine mammograms, and to schedule annual physicals with your physician.

Some of the models on the catwalk were breast cancer survivors, many of whom were under the age of 40. This came as a surprise to most in the audience. Seeing such young women, who had stared death in the face and come out victorious was inspiring. Women under 40 are usually in the planning stage of their lives, planning a wedding, planning to start a family, planning a girlfriends' get away, or simply planning for the next phase of their lives. Never, in my 30s could I imagine being forced to undergo chemo-therapy and radiation.

I salute these women, and I honor them. I want them to know that they are everyday heroines because they were able to fight this battle with style, grace and courage.

I would also like to acknowledge the doctors who see these tragedies on a regular basis, stand strong, and support their patients through the battle.

I was so excited about the evening. There was great energy and a feeling of love in the room. My close friends were there, and I was so happy to see that all the girls came out. I would like to thank Dr. Jackie, Dr. Simone, Toya, Lisa Nicole, and Dr. Heavenly for always showing their support. We were able to raise thousands of dollars through the generous contributions of the attendees.