This week’s Badass Chick is particularly special to me for many reasons. I have been following the Miss Pink Pageant, a local non-profit organization, for over four years now. It was created in 2010 by a fantastic woman named Ashley Herron Shultz (a beauty queen who is as gorgeous on the inside as she is on the outside, as I’ve come to find out over the years), as a way to celebrate women who have survived or are battling breast cancer.
During the competition, these ladies are treated like total VIPs: they get makeovers, are provided beautiful gowns and sparkly jewelry, and get to strike a pose for a photo session. Then, contestants strut their stuff and share their personal stories as they compete for the title of Miss Pink. Once she’s crowned the title, Miss Pink spends the year being a Breast Cancer Ambassador and appearing as a motivational speaker.
Last year, I had the honor of hosting the event and watched as Michele Dube was crowned Miss Pink 2015. Michele is a Stage 3 Breast Cancer survivor who was given a 30% chance to live. Her story is absolutely incredible, though she makes it very clear: her story is not what defines her – it is how she is living her life in the present that defines her. And presently, she’s got quite a full life!
She’s a mother of two and last year she joined Miss Pink in countless philanthropic endeavors to help local women battling breast cancer: providing meals, transportation to doctor’s appointments, gas cards, paying grocery bills, speaking at support groups and even sitting with women during treatment. She even got to go on the field at a Pats game! During the month of October alone, Michele participated in over 28 events to spread awareness and give back.
Michele and the Miss Pink Organization work tirelessly to help local women throughout their entire journey with breast cancer. While they recognize how crucial it is that other organizations are raising money for research, Miss Pink focuses on the here and now: helping those women who need the day-to-day support. And this year, my mother became one of those women.
In December, my mom was diagnosed with Stage 1 Breast Cancer and my family got to witness the beauty of the Miss Pink Pageant first-hand. The day my mom came home from the hospital after her lumpectomy, a gorgeous bouquet of flowers was waiting at her front door. I know it may sound like I’m putting too much stock in flowers, but trust me on this one. Miss Pink focuses on the “little” things that, in fact, are incredibly big. They are with you when you are lost, confused or tired and I am so incredibly proud to be associated with their organization. (Quick side note: we got lucky, and my mom is feeling great – she is already halfway done through her radiation!)
I have the honor of hosting the Miss Pink Pageant again this year on April 9th and I truly hope you can come. 103.3 AMP Radio’s midday host Vanessa Hale will also be there, and my boyfriend will be there too. I’ll probably be crying on stage, in awe of these amazing women who will be telling their stories, but I’ll be so proud to be there. I promise you, if you want a fun way to support this cause, I guarantee you this is a good time (not to mention their raffle prizes are pretty amazing)! All of the info is here. I genuinely hope to see you there.
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