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“Triple the PINK” -Triple Negative Breast Cancer Program

The women of the  NANBPWC, Inc.) National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club, the Toledo Club and Maumee Bay Adult and Youth Clubs and the YWCA of NW Ohio came together for another great cause to make the Toledo area community aware of the importance of “Triple Negative Breast Cancer.” Together they presented a program entitled “Triple the PINK” at the Kent Branch Library on Saturday, October 28, 2018 at 1:00. This event was open to the public to educate everyone about another form of cancer that affects so many people and many are not aware of triple negative breast cancer.

Triple negative breast cancer occurs in about 10-20 percent of diagnosed breast cancers and is more likely to affect younger people in African-American and Hispanic populations. Triple negative breast cancer can be more aggressive and difficult to treat and is more likely to spread and recur.  Therefore, the Association’s objective is to educate minority communities about this disease in the hope of minimizing its negative impact among those populations.

What is triple-negative breast cancer? About 10 to 20 percent of breast cancers are triple-negative, but you may never have heard of triple-negative breast cancer before you received your test results. Hearing new words and not understanding what they mean may make you feel scared and overwhelmed.


Knowing breast cancer basics can help you understand how triple-negative breast cancer is different from other types of breast cancer.


To find out what type of breast cancer you have, your doctors search for the presence or absence of three receptors, proteins that live inside or on the surface of a cell and bind to something in the body to cause the cell to react. You may have heard of the estrogen receptor (ER), progesterone receptor (PR) and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2).


In estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer, progesterone receptor-positive breast cancer and HER2 positive breast cancer, treatments prevent, slow or stop cancer growth with medicines that target those receptors.


But triple negative breast cancers need different types of treatments because they are estrogen receptor-negative, progesterone receptor-negative and HER2 negative.


“Triple the PINK”    Program was guided by the NANBPWC. Inc. – Toledo Health Chairman Sarah Burkes who was also the mistress of ceremonies.  She set the tone to welcome every guest to listen to prepare to listen and talk about Triple Negative Breast Cancer and affects our lives. 

Frances Collins, PhD, –NANBPWC, Toledo Club President;   Linda Collins – NANBPWC - Maumee Bay Club President and Lisa McDuffie- YWCA  CEO greeted  guests and gave important points on why this workshop was greatly needed.


The Purpose of the program was given by Denise Black- Poon Toledo Club, 1st VP and program chairman: “The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs Inc.   National Mandated Project address current and critical issues within the country, including Triple Negative Breast Cancer. Heart decease, domestic violence, emergency preparedness and community policing.

Triple the PINK is our theme which stands for Triple Negative Breast Cancer Awareness.

President Linda Collins and Patricia Poston,1st VP and program chairman from Maumee Bay presented key points that the community should know.


Sarah Burkes introduced the special guest for the program, Winda Birt – YWCA Health Connection Director and Panellist. Birt spoke about  the importance of how we can take care of our bodies, what signs to look for, treatment, etc. Birt also quizzed the audience to see how much they knew about “Triple Negative Breast Cancer” and answered questions.  She shared resource information and other materials that were not discussed. Her excitement on spreading the word on getting regular check-up and mammograms was highly expressed.  


Questions, answers and discussions continued and the audience shared personal facts about how cancer has affected them or their family members in different ways.


Toledo City CouncilmanLarry Sykes was on hand and spoke about several ways cancer has affected his life. He also presented a plaque for the City of Toledo because of the importance of knowing about cancer and its fight. State Rep. Michael Ashford, Councilman-elect Gary Johnson and other community leaders were there to  give their support to cancer awareness.


Closing remarks were offered by Frances Collins,  Linda Collins and McDuffie as they thanked everyone for coming and asked everyone to share the information with others about the things they learned so that many people can live longer by having regular doctor visits and knowing what signs to look for when their bodies change.


Refreshments were served


The YWCA has many programs available for the community. Dates and times can by obtained by calling the YWCA on 1018 Jefferson Avenue





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Revised: 08/16/18 14:12:38 -0700.

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