Hello, my name is Raymia Henderson. I am the Executive Director of Runway For a Cure DC Incorporated. I am a Fashion Designer, Stylist, local business owner, and native Washingtonian who started Runway For A Cure DC after supporting my parents through my father's Prostate Cancer treatment plan as well as supporting one of my best friends through her winning fight with Breast Cancer.
Our annual event celebrates the life of women and men who have been affected by Cancer, particularly Breast Cancer, who are learning to be comfortable with their body during Cancer treatment, and who continue to be Fabulous Survivors in spite of their diagnosis.
Over the last two years, we have joyfully connected survivors, who feel like they are alone, with our veteran survivor models. We found that many women don't know who to talk to about their mental well being when they have been diagnosed or going through treatment. We've witnessed a band of sisterhood and a major support system develop amongst our survivor models.
Our organization was formed in DC because we want to give back to the community where we were born and raised. For two years, we've donated to programs in underserved neighborhoods where the death rate of minorty women diagnosed with Breast Cancer has risen year over year.
This event is important because we must educate women under 50, in particular, because the death rate of women in this demographic has continued to rise and Breast Cancer is the second leading cause of death in women next to lung cancer.