KUALA LUMPUR: There is life after breast cancer.
This short but powerful message echoed through the JW Marriot Hotel ballroom where celebrities, ministers, corporate leaders and politicians gathered to join hands for the fight against breast cancer at the “Walk with Pride” gala dinner last night.
It was a star-studded event as some 500 guests, including the Pointer Sisters, Jackie Chan, Sheila Majid, Anita Sarawak and Erra Fazira, showed up to show their support.
Red and pink roses adorned each table and guests were given a pink teddy bear each with a pink ribbon lapel.
The event, organised by Pink Ribbon Deeds (Pride), was graced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who gave a speech on behalf of his wife Datin Paduka Seri Endon Mahmood, who is currently undergoing breast cancer treatment.
Endon, in her speech read out by Abdullah, told breast cancer patients that they need not have to be on the journey by themselves.
“As a survivor, I can relate to the fact that for most of us, the road which has led to where we are now has not been easy. Our families and us have been challenged in ways that were sometimes beyond our reasonable contemplation.”
“I would like to encourage everyone with cancer to have the right attitude. If esteem was lost along the way, let’s now start to reclaim it and walk with pride.”
Abdullah wiped away tears at the end of the speech.
His daughter Nori said she was very proud to see her sister-in-law Azrene Abdullah, who is Pride chairman, put her heart and soul into the event.
The highlight of the event was 28 breast cancer survivors sashaying down the catwalk during a fashion show just like professional models.
Adorned in designer clothes, they paraded with pride and confidence to tell the world that they had made it.
Chan, in an interview earlier, said many women were shy to come out and “have fun in the world” after surviving breast cancer.
“We need to get the message out for everyone to support the patients,” he said.
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