On May 17, over 300 people gathered at the Westin Uptown Charlotte to raise funds and awareness for local breast cancer programs and research. The 2nd Annual Speak PINK, presented by Charlotte Radiology and hosted by Atrium Health Foundation, featured a luncheon, and special presentations from breast cancer survivors and physicians.
The event raised $125,000 for the Carolinas Breast Cancer Fund, which supports breakthrough breast cancer research conducted by physicians and scientists at Levine Cancer Institute. In addition, it provides funding for Project PINK, a program in partnership with Charlotte Radiology that offers accessible breast cancer screenings for lower income women.
A well-known group of speakers graced the stage during the event including: Moira Quinn, COO and Senior Vice President of Charlotte Center City Partners and a breast cancer survivor; Dr. Richard White, Chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology at Levine Cancer Institute; and Susan Olsen, cancer survivor and mom of Carolina Panthers Tight End Greg Olsen. Olsen, who served as last year’s featured speaker, passed the baton to Bank of America’s Chief Technology Officer Cathy Bessant, who shared her intimate journey with breast cancer, alongside her daughter, Meredith Clay. Joe O’Connor, President and CEO of radio station WFAE, facilitated the conversation.
Cathy’s story of resilience and hope inspired the audience to give generously. She and other survivors are with us today, thanks to early detection and the advances made by physicians, researchers and philanthropists who have given of their time, energy, and resources.