Cathy Ketton and ShanQuiesha Robinson are both passionate about fighting breast cancer. Cathy has never suffered from the disease, but she lost her mother to it. Shae was diagnosed with breast cancer almost five years ago when she was 25.
"It was an emotional journey. Lots of ups and downs. The main emotion I dealt with during that time was loneliness," said ShanQuiesha Robinson.
Both women are key members of "Splash of Color." It's a breast cancer support group specifically geared to women of color.
"It's not a group where you have to share unless you want to share. Not only that, once they come we want them to be advocates," said Cathy Ketton.
Splash of Color meets four times a year at the Waterloo Public Library. It's under the umbrella of the Beyond Pink TEAM, which is a nonprofit organization providing breast cancer prevention, education and support in the Cedar Valley.
"To arm people with the knowledge they need to help someone or help themselves," said Cathy Ketton.
Splash of Color started almost two years ago. It's open to survivors, caregivers or just supporters in the fight against breast cancer. The goal is to cover all aspects of the breast cancer journey and offer resources, support and financial assistance. The group's money comes largely from a 3K walk.
"If we touch one person or one family, that's awesome," said Ketton.
Since more African American women die from breast cancer, both Cathy and Shae hope Splash of Color encourages women to seek medical attention sooner rather than later.
"My hope is someone can take something from someone else's journey," said Shae Robinson.
Others in the community are recognizing Splash of Color for its efforts. The group earned the YWCA's Women of Persimmon award for organization that empowers women. Empowering women to be proactive when it comes to their health.
You can help support Splash of Color by attending the organization's second annual 3K walk. This year's walk is Saturday, October 27th. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at Sullivan Park in Waterloo.
Splash of Color's next quarterly meeting is Thursday, November 8th from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Waterloo Public Library.
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