This spring, the Ross Medical Education Center Roosevelt Park campus welcomed guests Carly Kammers, Independent Sales Director, Whitney Bowen, Director in Qualification, Alyssa Gibbs, Independent Beauty Consultant, and their very own Amber Vallejo, Ross graduate, from The Mary Kay Foundation. The Muskegon community has quickly found out that Mary Kay is much more than make-up. One of the missions of the foundation is the “Team Up for Women” campaign that is dedicated to educating women, fighting against cancers, and ending domestic violence.
Carly Kammers, who is also a Registered Hospice Nurse, talked about how in 2015 the Mary Kay Foundation awarded $1.3 million in grants to select doctors and medical scientists focusing on curing cancers that affect women. These 13 recipients from across the United States received a $100,000 grant to conduct cutting-edge research. As not only a Mary Kay Sales Director but also from her passion for healthcare, she talked about the importance of self-examinations and looking for early warning signs.
The students received handouts and bathroom shower hangers as a reminder to complete their monthly checks. Carly did a great job making sure to mention that men are also susceptible to breast cancer. Students were asked to join the movement and take the challenge by posting a selfie with the hashtag #TeamUpforWomen. Many students actively participated by asking questions and participating in discussion. Everyone involved was very happy to receive all the great information provided.
According to the American Cancer Society’s website, an estimated 843,820 women will be diagnosed with some form of cancer in 2016. More than 352,550 of these women will be diagnosed with breast cancer or some type of gynecologic cancer. However, the good news is that women’s cancer death rates are going down thanks to early detection and medical advances made possible by charities like The Mary Kay Foundation.
Are you interested in finding out more about cancers that affect women and how you can help? Read more about women’s cancers on the American Cancer Society website.