The Ashland Beacon
An Ashland woman wants to give women fighting breast cancer a reason to smile during the month of October, Breast Cancer Awareness month. She lost her beloved aunt to breast cancer and now she is determined to let others fighting the disease know that they are not alone. She partners with other local women to put together gift bags with little things that she hopes will bring a little joy to a dark time of their lives.
Brittny Robbins, a Limelife makeup representative, lost her Aunt Sharon to breast cancer four years ago and it was “just devastating.” As a nurse who used to work in the Oncology unit at Bellefonte Hospital, Robbins said that “my heart has always been with cancer patients.” So she partners with other direct sales professionals to put together gift bags for women fighting breast cancer. Robbins and the women who work with her want those fighting breast cancer to know that “you may feel alone, but there are people thinking of you.”
There are three women that put together 10 bags each. The bags can contain items from Limelife, Scentsy, and Plunder as well as breast cancer awareness items like rubber bracelets, lip balms, and ribbon pins to put on their jackets. Last October, the women were able to include pink ribbon keychains in most of the 30 bags that they donated for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Robbins herself likes to include favorite scripture from the Bible and hopes that the bags “brighten their day.”
Some of the items being donated this year, Robbins and her team won’t have any idea what they are until they are delivered. They have had people tell them that they “will donate 10 of something.” Robbins tells them just to “have it to us by the end of the month.”
The bags are taken to the King’s Daughter’s Breast Cancer Center where the women ask the staff to please “give these out anonymously.” The women don’t wish to receive any credit for the gift bags because, as Robbins said, “it’s not about me. It’s for them.”
Robbins has had three aunts who have fought breast cancer. She lost her Aunt Sharon, but her other two aunts won their battles against the disease. She has had several friends and coworkers that have had breast cancer as well. One sticks out to her because it was caught too late and the friend was only in her 30s when the disease claimed her life. She revealed that “it scares me that it runs in my family.” This year, it has even affected the life of her young daughter as one of her third-grade teachers was diagnosed with breast cancer and has had to leave school to undergo surgery. She expects to be back to her teaching position after the Thanksgiving break.
Robbins wants to take the chance to “remind everyone to get their mammograms” because “early detection is so important.” Early detection makes a difference because there are more treatment options available the sooner the cancer is detected. There is also an increased chance of survival and an improved quality of life. Women can schedule a mammogram at KDMC by calling 606.408.2742.