shelley-goren_naomi-parker_web.jpgFORT LAUDERDALE — More than 100 women of color recently joined together at Gilda’s Club to kick off a campaign called “Raise the Roof on Breast Cancer.”

Those attending the launching of the campaign included Shelley Goren, left, and Naomi Parker. Marcia Barry-Smith, executive director of the BankAtlantic Foundation, led the group in a Pinkie Pledge. Everyone was given a mirror to make a pledge to herself to schedule a mammogram today. The women were also urged to reach out to someone they did not know. “A beautiful woman with glasses and close cropped hair pointed at me and said, ‘You!’  We hooked pinkies and pledged to get ourselves checked,” said Lauren Pottinger, one of the attendees. “Tears came to my eyes as this stranger grabbed me into the biggest and best hug I've had in a long time,” she said. There is no charge for Gilda’s Club services. South Florida Times was a co-sponsor of the event.

Photo: COURTESY OF GILDA’S CLUB

Shelley Goren, left, and Naomi Parker