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Making Strides: Go pink with us for breast cancer Saturday



On Saturday, Barbara Mendoza will put on a special bra, one that is light pink and glittery. She added by hand the rhinestone letters that spell out “believe” and “live.”

She won’t hide this bra under her shirt. The 61-year-old Carrollwood wife and mother will wear it proudly over a white tee, just like everyone else at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.


But as a breast cancer survivor, Barbara’s pink bra is more than a fashion statement. “It’s actually my armor. It’s given me the will to fight more,” she said. “Survivor or no survivor, it’s your protection.”

Ten years ago, a surgeon told her not to cry when he diagnosed the lump in her breast as cancer. This was before the age of pink ribbons. She felt alone with a painful secret.

Then Barbara learned about Making Strides, organized by the American Cancer Society. She found out about classes that helped her learn how to wear a wig and to adjust her makeup for chemo’s side effects. And she heard stories about how other women have healed, helping her to fight.
 “You’ve got to help that person who’s going to be diagnosed again. That’s what we’re here for,” she said. “There’s hope."
Join the Deal Divas as we walk alongside Barbara and other brave women and men taking a stand against breast cancer at Saturday’s Making Strides Walk, starting at St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa.
And do you have a pink bra story? We want to hear it!
Deal Diva Letitia

(Photo: Courtesy of Barbara Mendoza and the American Cancer Society)

[Last modified: Tuesday, October 18, 2011 9:23pm]


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