This October, we observe National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time for us to promote education about breast cancer and strategies for preventing it so that we can empower women and families across our district and our city.

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month was started by a diverse group of leaders dedicated to educating the public about this very serious illness. Since then, prominent figures like former First Lady Betty Ford and organizations such as the Susan G. Komen Foundation continue to promote awareness and make this month of action into a national tradition.

During National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I of course think about my mother, Mama Hilary, and her overcoming breast cancer. I am grateful every day that she is a fighter and inspired by her strength and resilience in continuing to raise and care for our family. We must do more for early detection including mammograms, treatment and healing for our women and men.

The need to address breast cancer and its potential risks across our communities is no less important today than it was 35 years ago. Let us not stop until Breast Cancer is a thing of the past.