Co-Host of the Rickey Smiley Morning Show and Breast Cancer Survivor Shares
Her Experience at the 2008 ESSENCE Music Festival
DALLAS, July 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Susan G. Komen for the Cure(R) today announced that syndicated radio personality Ebony "Steele" Arrington has pledged her support in the battle against breast cancer by becoming the newest ambassador of Circle of Promise, a campaign designed to empower African American women in the fight against breast cancer. As a breast cancer survivor, Arrington is committed to enlightening women in the African American community about breast cancer.
Despite the challenges of facing breast cancer, Arrington is a role model, noted radio personality and founder of a prestigious dance studio. She launched Ebony Arrington Dance & Performance in 1999 in Birmingham, Ala., with 17 students, and it has since surpassed 300 students. Arrington's decision to partner with Komen's Circle of Promise campaign was an easy one given the importance of ensuring that African American women are well-educated about breast cancer.
"Women from all walks of life can advocate to eradicate breast cancer by being knowledgeable about the disease and taking the action to identify it and treat it," said Arrington. "I'm privileged to be an ambassador for a campaign dedicated to reaching African American women in hopes that my story will help make a difference."
Funny, resilient and inspiring, Arrington serves as co-host of the popular Rickey Smiley Morning Show, which is aired in dozens of cities around the country. Her comedic talent gets listeners ready for their day each morning as she brings the "Da Bizness" and "Ain't Nobody Saying Nothin" segments. She joins other distinguished ambassadors who nationally represent the Circle of Promise. Not only are these women accomplished individuals, but they also are passionate about empowering their communities to help end breast cancer forever.
"Our ambassadors each have unique stories about their experiences with breast cancer. Some have had close friends or family with breast cancer, or like Ebony, they are survivors who are committed to helping others through Circle of Promise," said Katrina McGhee, vice president of marketing for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. "The future between Ebony Steele and Circle of Promise is sure to spur more exciting projects focused on rewriting the story of African Americans and breast cancer."
At the 2008 ESSENCE Music Festival to be held in New Orleans, July 4-6, Arrington and fellow Circle of Promise Ambassador Dr. Rovenia Brock (Dr. Ro) will help spread the message that more African American women are likely to die from breast cancer than any other race despite being the least likely to be diagnosed with the disease.
More than 200,000 guests are expected to attend the ESSENCE Music
Festival. Arrington and Dr. Ro will host "Chick Chat" and share their
perspectives on breast cancer in the African American community. Festival
guests can stop by the Circle of Promise booth (#401) in the Ernest N.
Morial Convention Center at the following times:
Friday, July 4th 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 5th 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
About Circle of Promise
Launched in October 2007, the Circle of Promise campaign was created by Susan G. Komen for the Cure to educate, empower and mobilize the African American community in the fight against breast cancer. Through this effort, Komen for the Cure hopes to rewrite the story on African Americans and breast cancer by decreasing the African American mortality rate, which is 18 percent higher than for Caucasian women. Susan G. Komen for the Cure's Circle of Promise has joined forces with ESSENCE Magazine, Ford Motor Company and The Links, Incorporated to recruit 100,000 African American women to join Circle of Promise and serve as local ambassadors within their communities. To join the Circle visit http://www.circleofpromise.org.
About Susan G. Komen for the Cure(R)
Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure and launched the global breast cancer movement. Today, Komen for the Cure is the world's largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure(R), we have invested more than $1 billion to fulfill our promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world. For more information about Susan G. Komen for the Cure, breast health or breast cancer, visit http://www.komen.org or call 1-877 GO KOMEN.
|SOURCE Susan G. Komen for the Cure|
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