WNY Family Magazine October 2018 - Page 59

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month s s e n l l e W Choices BREAST CANCER — GET THE FACTS 2018 National Red Ribbon Week October 23rd – 31st The National Family Partner- ship organized the first Nation- wide Red Ribbon Campaign to provide drug awareness. Since its beginning in 1985, the Red Rib- bon has touched the lives of mil- lions of people around the world. In response to the murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena, angered parents and youth in communities across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the killing and destruction caused by drugs in America. Enrique (Kiki) Camarena was a Drug Enforcement Admin- istration Agent who was tortured and killed in Mexico in 1985. When he decided to join the US Drug Enforcement Administra- tion, his mother tried to talk him out of it. “I’m only one per- son,” he told her, “but I want to make a difference.” On February 7, 1985, the 37-year-old Camarena left his of- fice to meet his wife for lunch. Five men appeared at the agent’s side and shoved him in a car. One month later, Camarena’s body was found. He had been tortured to death. In honor of Camarena’s memory and his battle against il- legal drugs, friends and neighbors began to wear red badges of satin. Parents, sick of the destruction of alcohol and other drugs, had begun forming coalitions. Some of these new coali- tions took Camarena as their model and embraced his belief that one person can make a difference. These coalitions also adopted the symbol of Camarena’s memory, the red ribbon. In 1988, NFP sponsored the first National Red Ribbon Cel- ebration. Today, the Red Ribbon serves as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities. It is the largest drug prevention cam- paign in the nation, reaching millions of young people. As a parent or an educator, you can learn more at http:// redribbon.org. There you can take a pledge to become part of a drug free America. Mammograms are the best way to find breast cancer early. Women ages 50-74 should get a mammogram every two years. The Breast and Prostate Cancer Peer Education Project is focused on educating women about the importance of breast cancer screening and encouraging women to see their doctor. The Breast and Prostate Cancer Peer Education Project provides FREE education to men and women about breast and prostate cancer with follow-up support. Call us for more information. Breast and Prostate Cancer Peer Education Project 533 Tenth Street • Niagara Falls, NY. 14301 (716) 327-1752 • 327-1409 • 327-2129 October 2018 WNY Family 59