Never underestimate the power of bling

There was pink (so much pink), sparkles, makeovers, fashion shows, feather boas and enough cake, cookies and candy to put the American Dental Association on high alert.

 It was every girl’s dream. But a dream with a purpose. To educate young women and girls about breast cancer and to encourage them to take charge of their health and wellbeing.

 Pajama Glam, this confection of sugar and spice, is an offshoot of the Tigerlily Foundation, an advocacy organization dedicated to “changing the young adult breast cancer landscape…that seeks to impact the quality of care and lifestyle for young women affected by the disease.” Founded by Maimah Karmo, who herself was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 32, it empowers and educates women to “be their own best advocates.”

 Inspired by her mother’s courage, Noelle Karmo was moved to create her own program to reach out to girls like herself. Hence, Pajama Glam, a four-hour “sleep-over” that delivers this serious message to girls of all ages.

 I was honored to talk the girls about confidence and the positive messages we should share with our friends, our families and with our own minds and hearts. They were a great audience, eager to participate and learn. (Will post pix on Facebook when I get them.)

 Tragedy can overwhelm or transform us. Thanks to Tigerlily, women find the strength to celebrate their most powerful and beautiful { selves }.