African Women’s Cancer Awareness Association (AWCAA) Celebrates 10 Years Of Saving Lives
AWCAA Commemorates 10 Years With Fundraising Gala Honoring First Lady of Tanzania Madam Salma Kikwete & Keynote From Best-Selling Author Dr. Ian Smith
WASHINGTON, Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — For 10 years, the African Women’s Cancer Awareness Association (AWCAA) has been helping minority women receive free mammograms and breast cancer treatment. Since it’s inception, AWCAA has touched the lives of over 20,000 people domestically and internationally and on October 18, 2014 the organization celebrates their accomplishments and honors their cancer survivors with a fundraising gala at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. The gala will honor cancer activist and First Lady of Tanzania Madam Salma Kikwete, and features a keynote address from best-selling author and co-host of CBS Emmy Award winning show “The Doctors,” Dr. Ian Smith.
AWCAA, created by African immigrant women who were also healthcare professionals, focuses on helping African immigrants and others facing cancer. Each year the non-profit reaches almost 3,000 people by addressing health disparities through advocacy, prevention and education. “Africans represent the highest growing immigrant group in the Washington Metropolitan area, and we are also the most susceptible to breast cancer,” says AWCAA founder Ify Nwabukwu. “We are excited to highlight the work that we’ve done but also make known what we hope to accomplish with the funds we raise during our upcoming gala.”
With this year’s theme “Fighting For Our Future,” the gala will be hosted by Fox 5′s Nigerian-American anchor Maureen Umeh, and will also feature an opening prayer by CEO and Founder of Women’s Global Initiative, Rev. Marcia L. Dyson. The gala will also see performances from jazz singer Loide, who has roots in Mozambique and Guinea-Bissau, traditional African dancing, an African couture fashion teaser and a silent auction featuring original art from the African diaspora.
Date: October 18, 2014
Time: 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Where: Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert St, NW DC 20008
Who: Guests to include medical professionals, political leaders, educators, global social activists and special guests.
About AWCAA: The African Women’s Cancer Awareness Association (AWCAA) is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization. AWCAA was established in 2004 by a coalition of African immigrant women health professionals in order to address disparities in awareness, prevention and access to healthcare for African immigrant communities that face cancer and other life threatening illnesses. AWCAA advocates at the State and Federal levels for such equal access and outreach to diverse communities throughout the Washington metropolitan area. AWCAA also conducts medical missions to African countries to visit localities with limited access to public healthcare, and promote awareness and early detection by training healthcare institutions and community outreach personnel.
About First Lady Madam Salma Kikwete: Salma Kikwete is the 4th First Lady of Tanzania and the wife of Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete. She has served as the country’s First Lady since December 2005. Kikwete originally worked as a teacher for more than twenty years. In 2005, the government launched a national campaign for voluntary HIV/AIDS testing in Dar es Salaam. Kikwete and her husband were among the first in the country to be tested. As of 2009, she was Vice President of the Eastern Region of the Organization of African First Ladies Against AIDS (OAFLA). In 2012, the First Lady Kikwete, former Botswana President Festus Mogae and ten other African figures partnered with UNESCO andUNAIDS to support the Eastern and Southern Africa Commitment on HIV Prevention and Sexual Health for Young People, which was launched in November 2011.
About Dr. Ian Smith: Dr. Ian Smith is author of the no. 1 New York Times Bestsellers SHRED: THE REVOLUTIONARY DIET, and SUPER SHRED: The Big Results Diet. He is a co-host of the Emmy winning daytime talk show, The Doctors. He also served as the medical/diet expert for six seasons on VH1′s highly-rated Celebrity Fit Club, and is the creator and founder of The 50 Million Pound Challenge and The Makeover Mile. He was also appointed by President Obama to a second term on the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition. Dr. Smith is a medical contributor on the nationally syndicated television show “Rachael Ray,” and the host of his own nationally syndicated radio show “HealthWatch” on American Urban Radio Networks.
Media Contact: Mercy Chikowore, African Womens’ Cancer Awareness Association, 8033476905, firstname.lastname@example.org
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