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Power of Pink event to benefit breast health services

Folsom Lake Entertainer
By: Margaret Snider, Folsom Lake Entertainer
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To help in the fight against breast cancer while also enjoying an evening of fashion at the same time, the Power of Pink breast cancer benefit, is the place to be. The benefit put on by Kathy Jesmont, owner of It’s Just Your Style & Friends Boutique, is a special “It’s a Girls’ Night Out” event featuring a fashion show, with styles and accessories from Jesmont’s boutique. The benefit is from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 4, at the Folsom Community Center, 52 Natoma Street, Folsom. The date coincides with National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Jesmont said. The night will include wine sampling, snacks, a large and varied selection of raffle prizes, a silent auction and more than thirty vendors will be present with their products and services. Dessert will be served after the fashion show. “I love doing my events, and I wanted to be able to give back to the community in some way,” Jesmont said. “Breast cancer is a worthy cause. It touches everybody in one way or another.” This is Jesmont’s fourth breast cancer benefit event. Proceeds will go to the Albie Carter Breast Cancer Foundation, Albie Aware. The nonprofit organization was conceived by Doug Carson as a result of his wife, Albie, succumbing to breast cancer in 2002. Their mission, said executive director Cindy Love, is to walk breast cancer sufferers through the maze of what happens when a person is diagnosed with cancer. “If caught early, the survival rate is great,” Love said. If it’s in a higher stage they have a bigger battle to deal with. So we help them navigate those scary waters and send them to resources that we think are really going to help them.” Albie Aware is a cosponsor with Amy Lewis of the KFBK breast cancer awareness series, 31 Survivors in 31 Days, which will feature a different breast cancer survivor each day. One of those survivors is Dr. Laurie Andreoni, a chiropractor who lives and works in Folsom. “In 2008 I was diagnosed with breast cancer,” Andreoni said. “Once I got over the initial shock of that, my biggest fear, which is the biggest fear of a lot of women that are going through chemo, was what am I going to do with my head when I lose my hair?” Andreoni said she wanted to keep active and working, even when she temporarily lost her hair due to chemotherapy, and she found wigs to be uncomfortable. “I went looking for hats for people to wear when they lost their hair, and they all looked like they had lost their hair,” Andreoni said. “That’s why I started wrapping the scarves. Other women in the clinics would like them, and the nurses would always run over to see what I was wearing that day.” As a result she began designing what she calls “Titillating Turbans,” which have been part of Jesmont’s fashion show at previous breast cancer benefits. Andreoni has over a hundred different fabrics and colors of which around a dozen of the newest will be shown at the fashion show. Tickets to the Power of Pink can be purchased for $5 at the door or online. For more in, visit 2012powerofpink.eventbrite.com. ----- KNOW AND GO What: Kathy Jesmont, It’s a Girls’ Night Out, Power of Pink Benefiting: The Albie Carter Breast Cancer Foundation, Albie Aware When: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 4 Where: Folsom Community Center, 52 Natoma St., Folsom Admission: $5 Info and tickets: 2012powerofpink.eventbrite.com