How A Family Friend's Diagnosis Inspired Yara Shahidi To Take A Stand Against Breast Cancer
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Yara Shahidi has teamed up with eBay for Charity for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, adding a twist to the traditional breast cancer pin.
The pin, designed in collaboration with Pintrill, features the word “thrive,” an idea that came to Shahidi while reflecting on a family friend’s battle with breast cancer. “I watched my aunty battle breast cancer twice,” the Black-ish actress told ESSENCE, adding that watching her aunt thrive despite her diagnosis was what motivated her to take action. “I was kind of just able to see the beauty that came from her fight and then her ultimate triumph.”
Proceeds from the sale of the pin will go to non-profit organization, Bright Pink, which focuses on creating programs and initiatives targeting women and healthcare providers and provides young women with with breast and ovarian health education.
Shahidi added that one of the things she learned from watching her aunt’s fight and her family’s support is that it’s important to remember the person battling the disease as who they are, not just as someone fighting breast cancer. “I think learning about health works. And, seeing the person first.”
You can purchase Shahidi’s re-designed pin eBay.com/BCA.