A diverse group of powerful New York City professionals joined together to raise awareness about breast cancer and address healthcare disparities among minorities and younger women facing the disease at Kicked It In Heels’ Fifth Annual Fundraiser at Beautique.
Hosted by CNN Commentator Angela Rye, the event served to garner support for the overall mission of Kicked It In Heels: to ensure that young women and women of color have the same access to care as their peers, and therefore the same success rates.
This year’s event honored two survivors: Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of NewYork-Presbyterian Dr. Laura Forese, and Media Executive and Community Activist Keisha Sutton-James.
Halfway through the event, Dr. Janna Andrews, an Assistant Clinical Professor of Radiation Medicine at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell where she specializes in Breast and Gynecological Cancers and the founder of Kicked It In Heels, gave a speech addressing healthcare disparities among women of color diagnosed with breast cancer and the importance of early detection.
After Dr. Andrews’ speech, honorees Dr. Laura Forese and Keisha Sutton-James shared their own breast cancer stories and reiterated why nonprofits like Kicked It In Heels are so important.
Guests of the event sipped on cocktails and enjoyed delicious hors d’oeuvres while dancing the night away to a mix of today’s hottest tunes and throwbacks spun by DJ D-Nice.
The fundraiser also included a silent auction with a wide range of prizes from a private box at a New York Giants game to roundtrip airfare on JetBlue. Exclusive gift bags were given out as guests made their exit.
Kicked It In Heels’ mission is to eradicate health care disparities in breast cancer and to promote health in survivorship. KIH focus on breast cancer survivors, specifically young women and women of color. They provide basic information on screening and highlighting survivors’ experiences as they reclaim their normal lives. After diagnosis, KIH encourages lifestyle adjustments and dialogue by offering workshops focused on fitness, beauty and wellness, such as Ride for Survivors with SoulCycle, Rent the Runway Day of Beauty and the Kicked It In Heels Exhale Yoga Workshop with Exhale Spa. Kicked It In Heels is also a vehicle to conduct community-based studies that address healthcare disparities. www.kickeditinheels.com