Gabby Goes to Ghana

Gabby Goes to Ghana
ESSENCE.COM Oct, 24, 2008

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Posing with the universal sign for peace, Gabrielle traveled as part of the Komen delegation to partner with Ghana and help reduce breast cancer mortality rates there.

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During her trip, Gabrielle came out to meet some of the area children.

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The Komen delegates traveled to Accra and Kumasi. Here Malaak Compton-Rock greets area children.

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Advocacy can start at any age, especially when nearly 70 percent of all Ghanaian women with breast cancer don’t see a doctor until their disease has far advanced and their chances of survival worsen.

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Gabrielle checks out the local shops for souvenirs to take back home.

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Gabrielle greets an honored guest while in Ghana.

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Activist and breast cancer survivor Billye Aaron, wife of baseball great Hank Aaron, left, and Alexine Clement Jackson, Susan G. Komen for the Cure board member, attend an opening symposium in Ghana to discuss ways to exchange ideas, resources and build a new medical center in the area.

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Gabrielle poses with several area chiefs at the dedication ceremony for HopeXchange Medical Center, where doctors and scientists will not only share critical information on early detection and treatment but also offer continuing medical education courses to health care providers in Ghana.

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Komen President and CEO Hala Moddelmog leads the delegation composed also of physicians, researchers, advocates, and survivors.

“Once a country has the infrastructure in place to detect, diagnose and treat breast cancer, it opens the door to the successful treatment of many other cancers,” explained Moddelmog. “Developing health care delivery systems, when done logically and successfully, can be a self-replicating process in other countries.”

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The Komen delegation participated in a dedication ceremony at the newly constructed HopeXchange Medical Center. Here Gabrielle stands with honored guests.

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Gabrielle thanks one of the chiefs in attendance for receiving and welcoming the Komen delegation.

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