Through her nonprofit 50 Shades of Pink, Dr. Jackie Walters of Bravo TV‘s Married to Medicine brought survivors and fighters of breast cancer together for an afternoon of inspiration and support. The luncheon was an elegant yet intimate affair with several celebrity speakers who also happened to be survivors. Dr. Jackie, a two-time breast cancer survivor, was in attendance with some of her 50 Shades ladies, including fashion designer and survivor Tracy Nicole, who designs the clothing line for the nonprofit. Ebony Steele, a survivor as well as the co-host of the nationally syndicated Ricky Smiley Morning Show and FOX TV’s Dish Nation also attended and spoke at the luncheon. Jaquitta Williams, formerly of WSB-TV was the keynote speaker. Tracy Nicole described the event as special for survivors and people actually fighting.
What’s so unique about this nonprofit is it really addresses the psychological needs of being a woman with breast cancer or a woman who has had breast cancer. Through 50 Shades, women can expect to finding clothing that makes them look good, but is also practical. I was able to speak with Tracy Nicole further on the luncheon and the clothing line, and she spoke to how much of a difference it made to be able to look good while she was going through treatment, “I was in the house all day, every day, and going to the doctor was my outing. This inspired me to design a line that was wear-friendly.”
Tracy befriended Dr. Jackie after being diagnosed with breast cancer and being referred to Dr. Jackie as someone to chat with about the diagnosis of breast cancer and what to expect. Their first conversation was two hours long. Tracy was even the recipient of one of Dr. Jackie’s famous boxes filled with pajamas and blankets from Nordstrom, which was the first step in Dr. Jackie’s vision of 50 Shades of Pink. This led to the two women working together and creating a way for women to stay positive and beautiful during and after doctor’s visits, treatments, and mastectomies.
Tracy Nicole put it best, “When you look good, you feel good and it helps you heal. Early detection is key; be congnizant of your health. A breast cancer diagnosis is not a death sentence, and if it’s detected early it’s treatable.”