FASHION FOR A CAUSE
WHO WE ARE
Rock’n the runway is a part of GGYFB known as Girl Get Your Fight Back organization. This is a non-profit organization that works closely with other organizations and the fashion community at large to raise breast cancer awareness and empower the urban Grand Rapids community to take charge of their health.
We produce major fashionable events and numerous seminars every year in the spring and fall. The events showcase designs straight from the designer showrooms, to the streets of Grand Rapids Michigan, and to the rest of the world.
To empower and strengthen the confidence in women, mind body and soul. To increase health education and resource awareness among African American and Latino women. A portion of tickets sales each year is going towards on going health education to get healthy and stay healthy!
GGYFB has taken an active role in the community by promoting wholeness in the Mind, Body and Soul. In 2011, there were more than 2.6 million breast cancer survivors in the US. Studies have shown that, black women were more likely to die of breast cancer than any other group. Last year’s event prompted over 10% of the attendants to pursue mammograms and seek information concerning breast cancer. Last year we provided over forty backpacks with school supplies to children of breast cancer fighters through Gilda’s Club. We feel strongly that this year’s event will continue to uplift and inspire women to continue on a path of wellness.
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A risk factor is anything that increases your chance of getting a disease, with different risk factors for different diseases. Some risk factors, like someone’s race or gender, can’t be changed. Other risk factors are behavioral choices, such as smoking, diet and physical activity. In some cases, there may not be any risk factors associated with getting sick. The risk of breast cancer is not the same for all women but here are some factors that may contribute to a woman’s chance of developing the disease.
Unchangeable Risk Factors
Your risk of developing breast cancer increases as you get older. About 1 out of 8 invasive breast cancers are found in women younger than 45, while about 2 out of 3 invasive breast cancers are found in women age 55 or older.
Family history of breast cancer
The risk of breast cancer is higher among women whose close blood relatives have this disease—mother, aunt, sister or grandmother. Having one first-degree relative (mother, sister or daughter) with breast cancer approximately doubles a woman’s risk, and having two first-degree relatives’ increases
her risk 5-fold. Anywhere from 20 to 30 percent of women with breast cancer have a family member with this disease?
Being a woman is the main risk factor for developing breast cancer—about 100 times more common than breast cancer in men.