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For Our Daughters 2016 Gala Will Inspire and Heal

The fifth annual For Our Daughters Fundraising Gala will take place on Saturday, October 22nd, a night for honoring courageous survivors of breast cancer, enjoying great music, and contributing to a worthy cause. With ticket sales beginning on March 4th, and women’s health an important topic of concern, it couldn’t be a more vital time to get involved in the fight against breast cancer and the charge for better health education for young women.

Back in the fall, we told you about the For Our Daughters 2015 gala, where Mercedes Wilson and Poet Lazyrus enchanted the audience, with Wilson singing Alicia Key’s “Superwoman”, paired with an original piece written and performed by Lazyrus which they dedicated to the survivors.  The song was demonstrative of her courage and fight against a condition she did not allow to rule her life. As a breast cancer survivor, she touched the hearts of all the other survivors in the room, honoring their struggles, challenges, and triumphs. That night, she inspired her audience with her performance, and even more importantly, through the selfless work she has done over the last four years to continue to educate young women about their health and wellness.

After being diagnosed with breast cancer at twenty-eight, Wilson realized how much her diagnosis had caught her off-guard—she didn’t expect to have to think about cancer at such a young age. She thought about all of the other young women who could also be caught blindsided, if they weren’t better educated about their health. Hardly a year after her diagnosis, For Our Daughters, Inc. was born. Wilson’s organization has grown to travel to schools all over Western New York, helping young women better understand their health risks and what they can do to better take care of themselves.

This fall, Wilson will be hosting the fifth annual For Our Daughters Gala to raise money to allow the organization to visit more schools in the Western New York region. This year’s event will host 2013 American Idol winner Candice Glover. Known for her admirable perseverance; Glover tried out for American Idol three times before making it to the live rounds. A singer famous for soulful, empowering music, Glover will perform songs dedicated to all of the breast cancer survivors in attendance that night. She will continue the legacy of both honoring the survivors in the room and inspiring them. Glover will also stay for a meet and greet with the guests afterwards, between 10 and 11pm.  In addition, there will also be live music from the local Niagara Falls band DBelly Productions as well as a three course meal, open bar, live cake auctions, silent auctions, and much more. There are plenty of opportunities to support the cause, no matter how you choose to contribute.

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The event is always a classy way to spend an evening, and make you feel satisfied that you’ve helped more young women take control of their lives. When asked what she thought of last year’s gala one guest and breast cancer survivor Kathleen Kowal said, “It was magical. I was overwhelmed with the detail and the beauty of the room.”

Surviving breast cancer is not exactly an accomplishment rewarded with a medal, it is instead awarded with the prize of life, and getting time back with loved ones. This night is an acknowledgment of all that the survivors have overcome, and a night of healing. Survivors may be medically healed, but this night— listening to the music specifically dedicated to their journeys, their pains, and their joys—heals the soul. The impact of the music at last year’s gala was healing to all in attendance, not just the survivors. It shows us that the art of music is not only a means of expression, or of telling a story, but it is also a way of using our stories to connect with other people and heal the frustrations in their hearts.  The gala allows breast cancer survivors, friends, and generous sponsors alike to get together and look towards the future.

The event will take place from 6-10pm on October 22nd at the Buffalo Niagara Convention center, and the meet and greet with Candice Glover will take place afterward, from 10-11pm.

Tickets are $60 for adults, and $30 for children.  Click here to purchase tickets before they’re sold out!

Hanna Etu

Hanna Etu is a Buffalo, New York native passionate about writing, literature, and travel. From a young age, she loved to read and write and attempted to write her own novels. This love for words has continued on into the rest of her life through constant writing. She is heavily influenced by the novels of Jane Austen and the dark humor of David Sedaris. Hanna graduated from Canisius College in the spring of 2015 with a degree in English, Creative Writing, and German. Throughout college, she began to focus more on creative nonfiction. She hopes to publish a few memoirs someday. She studied abroad at the Catholic University of Eichstätt in Bavaria, Germany in the spring semester of 2014. During her senior year of college, Hanna was the co-editor-in-chief of the Quadrangle, Canisius College’s literary and visual arts magazine. For Hanna, writing is about sharing a part of one’s creative soul. She sees writing as a way for creative people to show others little glimpses of their imagination that they would not be able to express otherwise. Hanna writes to acknowledge art, beauty, and new and interesting places and people.

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