The Pink Gene Foundation hosted its first Annual Bald & Beautiful Gala at Suite Lounge in Bellevue, raising over $32,000 for breast cancer awareness and prevention. The event featured a silent and live auction including a special date with former Bachelor contestant Lindzi Cox, as well as aerial art performances and music by Movin’ 92.5 DJ Jose Balanos.
Funds from the event will be used to generate awareness among young women regarding the BRCA1/BRCA2 gene, and to promote early detection and alternative treatment therapies. The organization seeks to build on recent momentum by providing financial support to young women battling breast cancer and those at high risk for the disease; allowing them obtain genetic testing and alternative therapy options that are not covered by health insurance. Tera Martin, founder of The Pink Gene Foundation, knows first hand the critical need for these options among young women: at only 28 years old, Tera is battling stage 3B breast cancer.
Support for Tera and her cause was strong, with many local businesses coming together to sponsor the evening including thelashlabs.com, founded by Washington native, Sharon Eva. “When I started the business, I put a lot of thought into what philanthropic impact my company could have that contributed in a meaningful way back to the community ,” said Eva. “Chemotherapy treatments causes women to lose their eyelashes, eyebrows, hair, and health and it’s such a devastating blow to a woman’s confidence to lose all of her hair. So, I decided we would donate synthetic eyelashes to women going through chemotherapy treatment, as a small way to give her back some sense of herself that she could recognize when she looked in the mirror. We started a campaign called Kill the Cancer Campaign, which for every eyelash set our customers purchase, we donate two strip eyelash sets to a cancer patient.”
*Written in collaboration with Kim Vu.