A woman in the United States is diagnosed with breast cancer every 3 minutes, resulting in an estimated 232,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer in 2015 alone. Only 5-10 percent of these cases will be due to an inherited abnormality. The rest, an alarming 80-95% of all new cases of breast cancer, will be the result of gender (being a woman) and aging.
Given the frankness of these risk factors, it's no wonder that finding ways to prevent the disease has proven challenging. However, while nearly 40,000 women in the United States will pass away from breast cancer this year, it is important to note that death rates have been steadily decreasing since 1989. Thanks to continued research and increased breast health education, new cancer cases are being detected early on and the chance of survival is steadily increasing.
This October 21st, in honor of National Breast Cancer awareness month, Burn 60 Studios will be donating 10% of all class proceeds to the Keep A Breast Foundation.
After a close, young friend was diagnosed with the disease, KAB founder Shaney jo Darden knew she wanted to find a way to contribute to her friends care and healing. Having already formed a grassroots collective of artists who regularly showcased their progressive talents at well attended galleries, Shaney and another friend, Mona Mukheria-Gehrig, decided to pull their resources.
With the help of a few female volunteers and artist pals, Shaney and Mona put together the first Keep A Breast exhibition in 2000. Their successful showing motivated Shaney to continue on the path of raising awareness for breast cancer, specifically among younger generations that she felt were being neglected outreach by larger organizations.
In 2005, The Keep A Breast Foundation was officially recognized. KAB has been making teens and 20-somethings its focus audience for more than 10 years and we are proud to be partnering with them in an effort to promote continued breast education and research.
Joining us will be neighboring Kreation Juice in Brentwood and The Healthy Place in Thousand Oaks, who will both be offering refreshments outside of our morning classes. Everyone is encouraged to stop by and workout for this important cause!
Go HERE to sign up for one of our Give To Love, Love To Give classes.