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What is Community without "U"
At Be Elegantly Strong Throughout we provide support to assist with cancer care, emotional, physical and social support. All of our services address the body, mind and spirit. We recognize everyone has different support needs during and after treatment, so our services help meet the needs of individuals, and families before, during and after diagnosis.
For those who need our services, we want them to know:
Each year, in October we celebrate men, women, and children currently undergoing cancer treatment, survivors and cherish memories of the loved ones we have lost by hosting a fashion show them just how beautiful they are. All models receive a full makeover and grace the stage wearing the latest fashions by local designers.
Self-image is how a person views himself or herself. Because of the many physical and emotional changes after a cancer diagnosis, people may experience negative changes to their self-image such as:
Check out some of the services we offer below:
Receive a Free Manicure, when you provide documentation that you had your yearly mammogram!
We offer temporary support of living expenses such as housing, utilities, and food.
Nothing But The Best Salon offers a women a comfortable, nurturing place to find a wig where they don't have to worry about cost. Our Wig Salon provide a free wig to women with cancer related hair loss.
This support group takes place once a month and is led by a fellow Cancer Survivor. As a participant navigates their treatment, the group provides a space where people can share similar experiences, ways of coping and hear about great resources from professionals.
”No matter what is put in front of you; There is nothing that can beat what God has put inside of you! No matter what … You got this! You are VICTORIOUS!” Staci PurPose Kirk, known as Coach Staci to her clients and coachees is a 4X Cancer Warrior. Having been diagnosed at the age of 23 with Hodgkin's Lymphoma, she has survived 3 bouts with cancer. Two with Hodgkins; having faced it again in her early 30s and then Breast Cancer knocked on her door in early 2018. She was able to fight and win those 3 battles but now faces Stage 4 Metastatic breast cancer; diagnosed in early 2021. Coach Staci is a true warrior and fights without ceasing all while pushing women to reach the next level and walk in their purpose. Serving as a Life and Business Coach, she pours into so many women daily. She provides business tips, consulting, and advocacy to all who are tired of living outside of their purpose and are ready to live for themselves. CEO and Founder of both Stiletto Boss and the Lets Win Sis Community and Coaching Program, she has opened the doors of hope for many while helping to usher women get rid of self-doubt and thoughts of unworthiness to begin operating in their giftings.
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Singer, songwriter, producer, musician and entertainer are just a few words to describe B. Landrum. As an independent artist and musician, he has had the wonderful opportunity of traveling the world performing and playing shows and has experienced touring almost 20 countries and counting! As a writer, he spent most of his time with his producer partner, E Minor, writing and arranging for other artists, over time, honing his skills. Together, they formed the songwriting/production team, LandMine Music Productions. He has a clever, rhythmic lyrical style that fuses the sounds of R&B, Pop, Hip Hop and some ethnic musical styles. With his experience on stages around the world, he delivers an explosive live performance in any setting or situation.
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Samantha walker is a proud East Cleveland native who began her career in fashion over 30 years ago. After many years of modeling, she began transitioning into event hosting specializing in runway shows and competitions. Samantha uses her platform to advocate for women of all sizes and shapes,as well as mental health awareness.Samantha has earned the title “Cleveland’s Illustrious Curvy Diva “ by W. Vaughn Glover, making her a staple in the Cleveland Fashion community.
Minister Paula Stewart of Mahol Dance Ministry will grace the stage with a special dance performance
If you missed her performance last year, you don't want to miss it this year!!!
Reflections Dance Theater is the inaugural winners for the 2022 How Sweet the Sound Dance performance. We are based in Cleveland Ohio, under the direction of our talented leader Nehemiah Spencer. We would be nothing without our talented team of performers, crew members and behind the scenes gurus who make sure that every performance goes off without a hitch. It’s truly been a labor of love, and we’re so excited to have it come to life.Reflections Dance Theater is the inaugural winners for the 2022 How Sweet the Sound Dance performance. We are based in Cleveland Ohio, under the direction of our talented leader Nehemiah Spencer. We would be nothing without our talented team of performers, crew members and behind the scenes gurus who make sure that every performance goes off without a hitch. It’s truly been a labor of love, and we’re so excited to have it come to
It all started with just a routine mammogram in December of 2019, the tech saw a spot and referred me to another facility because she wanted to be clear of what she had seen, I went to the next appointment month later and the spot had gotten larger. So it was recommended to get a biopsy; the first was a routine biopsy and they couldn't determine what it was because the spot was deep in the breast duct and needed more tissue sample, I had to get a surgical biopsy.That was April, May of 2020, I had just gotten off the phone with my daughter's intervention counselor I was home from work Dr.Radford had called to tell me that it was cancer, triple negative. As she went over the process of how things were going to take place it was like everything had stood still for a moment. After talking with the doctor, I just sat still to process what I had just been told, I felt numb it was a worldwin...The first person I called was a close friend, my brother and my sister/cousin. I didn't cry until my friend came over. And every emotion came over me, the diagnosis brought me and Mom back together because we hadn't been talking for a while but GOD...She was with me at every chemo treatment. 6 months and 2 Months of Radiation. During the process I got a Genetics test and found out that I have no predisposition of the diagnosis, So I am the first one in my family to be diagnosed with cancer. I can't stress enough to EVERYONE yes men too please follow up with your exams! I can say that June 29th is my anniversary day of being cancer free and I am thankful grateful and Blessed to be here as a testimony of God's love.
I am very proud to say I am 51 years old! I have 3 Children 2 Girls and 1 Son who proceeded me in death and 3 Amazing grandchildren. I was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer in 2018 With absolutely no understanding or knowledge and was very confused. I thought to myself Breast Cancer not me! I had so many questions and no one to even ask or express how and what I was feeling because when I thought of cancer I thought of death! I ask my doctor, surgeon, and counselors and still no real answer that comfort me so I went to my trainer who has been with me all 51 years of my life and he provided me with more skills, organizations liked My sister's keeper of Cleveland and so many others but most of all he gave me strength to keep fighting he promise me he would never leave me or forsake me! June 11 ,2018 I received a lumpectomy, 8 lymnoids removed .August 2018 started radiation then shortly after Diagnose with lympaademaa now 2022 Currently taking hormonal chemo therapy daily and it can be challenging because every day is different I don’t know how I will feel or react mentally physically socially but My trainer told me to look to the hills which come my help my help cometh from him for years I have learned to Trust in my trainer because he wakes me up and that is the beginning of anything in life waking up !my trainer said he favors Tara Also known As Mrs.Keep fighting my trainer is God and he is never booked appointments are alway available He is the reason I am UNDEFEATED and A Warrior and No matter what my diagnosis Are my trainer he got me and you too !Thank you Mrs Kimberly for allowing me to Participate in this amazing Fashion show with another Opportunity to share my story and most of all bring awareness of breast cancer .
I was diagnosed in December 2009. I felt a lump in my left breast. I thought it was a dunk leak, I was having blood on my cloth. I was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer. I pray about everything, so being an HIV/AIDS survivor for 15 years I only God 330 T-cells after prayers I heard the Lord tell me no chemo, So I only had Reconductive and now I’m 13 years later I’m cancer free
My name is Maria Williams. I am the mother of a bunch of beautiful children. I am also married to a wonderful husband. Hesitated so awesome he looks me to all my treatments and doctor appointments. I am in an almost 3-year stage 3 triple negative breast cancer. Survivor Cancer is hereditary in my family. My grandmother and my mother passed away from cancer. My aunt Lillie is currently fighting stage 4 Ovarian cancer.
Brenda Searcy 67 years old mother of 2 grandmother of 4 diagnosed 2020 with Noninvasive ductal Carcinoma Of the left breast partial lumpectomy during surgery all the cancer was got didn’t spread to my lymphoid 20 radiation treatments due to my cancer being hormonal for a minimum of 5 years on a cancer pill Anastrozole All rehearsal I can attend unless something unforeseen comes up Surviving Breast Cancer 2 years and counting
Adebessi Charles Wong (Adde) is a wife, mom of four, a Finance Officer, an Entrepreneur, founder of a breast cancer Non-Profit organization and a Breast Cancer Survivor. She was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer in May of 2017: Within the past five years of her breast cancer journey and recovery, she went back to school to further her studies and graduated with a degree in Business Administration. In addition, she started a foundation “Pink Ribbon Chat” where she serves as the CEO/President raising awareness and bringing resources to individuals in communities facing disparities as result of Breast Cancer. She is also a community board member for the University of Maryland, Greenebaum Cancer Center, Community program. She also does additional work in the community as a Certified Community Health Adviser by the University of Maryland, School of Public health.
Adde is also the owner of a Luxury Candle and Home Fragrance Company “Diamond Melts” through which she provides relaxation and comfort through scents to individuals. She also gives 10% of the company’s earnings back to the breast cancer community to continue to support awareness, research and resources. When there is time, her hobbies include creating hand crafted candles, shopping, traveling, attending fashion shows, dancing, and dinning with my family and friends.
My name is Danielle Rae, I found out I had cancer for the first time in 2018 breast cancer to the right side it was a long fight i contracted phnemonia ended up in ICU for a week then had to go to rehab for 45 days to learn how to walk again, with GODs grace and the prayers of my family and friends I came through the storm with love and a new lease on life. Now here we are again the cancer came back with a bit more force and anger stage 4 metastatic breast cancer it spread to my brain and abdomen, I thought oh no I cant deal with this again. Well my family said oh no you are not giving up so we pray and I fight I will have treatment for the rest of my life, the diffrence this time is now I stop to smell the flowers and smile. I have hard days where I dont want to get out of bed but then I talk to myself and say you have to do this GOD gave you another chance to live this life and Im going to do just that. SMILE everyday no matter how Im feeling.
When I look in the mirror, I see a woman who has fought many, many battles and won. I see a woman who has defied death and has successfully raised four amazing children as a single mother with the help of Lord. I am a survivor!
I defied death at the age of 22 when I was diagnosed with Angio-Sarcoma, a very rare form of breast cancer. On top of that, I was six months pregnant with my fourth child, a son, who I was told to abort because it was perceived we both were not going to make it
I was devastated and afraid for my future. I wanted nothing more than to be here for my four children and raise them. Especially, after learning my husband wanted to divorce me even after knowing I only had one year to live and would need his help to get through this. He abandoned me.
Therefore, I was left alone with cancer and four children. At that time, when I looked at myself in the mirror, I saw a woman that was broken, sick, and unloved. But God, kept reminding me what I really look like…Strong, resilient, an overcomer, healed, capable, and highly favored. My spirit was comforted to know this, and I walked with Him into the midst of the unknown as I battled cancer. I trusted Him and held onto who He said I was, even when I didn’t believe it myself.
In the end, I fought and won against Breast Cancer! My son, who the doctors said I needed to abort, is now 37 years old and is a successful businessman! I lived and survived cancer to raise my kids and was blessed to have watched all three sons and a daughter obtain college degrees, attend weddings, and witness the births of 9 grandchildren! God did everything and more.
Even after the cancer returned 38 years later this year, I had to remind myself again, who I was to win yet again. This go around with cancer was much more challenging because I had to complete a month of radiation that changed my appearance. I began to feel like that insecure 22-year-old again. I’ve worked so hard to love my beautiful dark skin and now it was changing. It was becoming discolored, and I didn’t recognize myself anymore. I cried many nights as the radiation treatments in a sense took away some of my power and physical characteristics.
As the weeks went by, God began to breathe on me yet again like He did 38 years ago. I felt the peace that surpasses all understanding. I got access to God’s strength and power. I believed He could heal my mind, body, soul, and spirit.
I have completed my radiation treatments and am fully trusting God that I will overcome yet again!
I have learned that I am more than breast cancer, I am more than being unloved by a husband that left me with four children, and I am more than a single mom that struggled to put food on the table.
When I look in the mirror now even after the scars of my mastectomy… I see a survivor of life! A warrior that kept swinging at challenges and never gave up!
The best part of my story is that after being singled for over 25 years, God gave me a new husband that loves me and sees me for who I really am! I call him my Suddenly Love because he was so unexpected. I thought I was unlovable because of all that I have been through. But my Suddenly Love looked at me with the eyes of God. My husband did not see me as a “breastless woman” or damaged. He saw that I was enough despite my scars, and he saw my true beauty, inside and out.
When I look in the mirror, I see a survivor in many ways. I have learned you will never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice option.
I had breast cancer. My fiancé noticed a knot in both breasts. I said, oh, it's k, it's just a bruise. Almost a week later, it was still there. He called my children, and they told my brothers we went to check on my mom, and he told her she felt them. Needless to say, they made me make a dr appointment immediately after the biopsies we're done. Tumors came back rapidly and increased after several opinions, and a double mastectomy was done and months later implants then nipples added in December I will have my areola tattooed to complete my breast replacement
I was diagnosed with Stage2 Breast Cancer and HER2 positive on April 12, 2021. I had two tumors in my left breast and a tumor in my Lymph node. I went through 16 rounds of Chemo, 2 emergency hospital stays, 2 surgeries and 30 rounds of radiation. First surgery I had a partial mastectomy where the tumors and tissue were removed from my left breast. Second sugery 17 lymph nodes were removed. I have finished all of my treatments and I am now in REMISSION!! Praise God!! I now have to take Aromasin medication for 5 to 10 years to keep the cancer from returning.
Angela Eddins was diagnosed in 2020 with Ductual Carcinoma Stage 3B Breast Cancer Metastatize in Lymph Nodes. Since her treatment and journey began she has found her voice advocating in the Flat Community. Social and Media norms should have no bearing on a womens identity of beauty. Angela made the choice of Mastectomy Flat in her war with cancer. This was a personal decision she made in her battle. Not only with the belief that it might help deflect the chance of recourance nor for attention but with the knowledge that whether a choice was made to preserve, reconstruct, or remove the breast living life to it's fullest extent is the ultimate goal.
I was diagnosed 11/2010 at the age of 52 with Breast cancer...no one in my family had breast cancer, so this was rare. I found my lump in my left breast and told my doctor, whom I had at the time said: “do not worry, it is probably a cist.” So, I got a second opinion.
Glad I did it was breast cancer. I had surgery then Chemo and implants in both breasts. I am a member of several Breast cancer groups and a Scott Hamilton 4th Angel mentor. I mentor ladies all over the world and love it.
My story, my name is Earlene. I had stage 3 breast cancer. My cancer journey began on 8/20/20 August 20th, 2020, my cancer will be 2 years in remission. God has spared my life 3 different lifetimes (Cancer, Covid, Recovery, and maybe more). I consider myself a miracle. I am blessed to have a mother and father who are both living. Two children, John and Cierra, and five grandchildren. Thank God, he has let me live to see and have them all for support.
Back in Nov 2020, I was having pain in my left breast. I said to myself I got to get a new bra. So, in December I was sitting on the couch as the hard pain burning ran through my chest. I said to myself “that was God telling me I did not need a new bra.” That is when I discovered the lump. The process began. I had a biopsy, came back positive, and had surgery. February 5h, started 4 rounds of chemo and rang the bell on July 22nd. I started radiation 54 times every day and I will be ringing the be September 21st, 2021.
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