On Saturday, July 19th Michel Sproles, wife of Philadelphia Eagles running back Darren Sproles will launch their first Pink Line Breast Cancer Awareness Fair at Rancho Cienega Park, 5001 Rodeo Rd in Los Angeles from 11a-2p. The event is in collaboration with Susan G. Komen Los Angeles and Watts Healthcare Corporation and hosted by Mary Mary reality star Goo Goo Atkins, with appearances from Basketball Wives LA star Malaysia Pargo, Darren Sproles and other celebrities and athletes throughout the day. The festival will be open to the public and includes a fully-staffed, mammography unit to provide screening services to qualified women sponsored by the Susan G. Komen California Circle of Promise® African American Initiative (in conjunction with the Watts Healthcare Corporation). Komen LA County representatives will be onsite to supply information about local breast health resources.
This initiative was founded by Michel Sproles after she was diagnosed with Stage 0 Breast Cancer in 2012. She established The Pink Line campaign as a breast cancer awareness platform geared toward reaching African American women in underserved communities. The Pink Line is the charitable component to Sproles’s highly successful 7 Image Premium Indian Hair Extensions line, providing FREE wigs and hair units to cancer patients and survivors. The Pink Line Breast Awareness campaign launched with a full photo shoot with celebrities Eva Marcille (actress / model), Angell Conwell (The Young & The Restless), Meelah Williams (R&B Divas Atlanta), RaVaughn Brown (recording artist), Emily B. (Love & Hip Hop LA), Miss Diddy (entertainment promoter) and Shondia McFadden (breast cancer survivor). Sproles’ goal is to reach the younger African American demographic and encourage them to be proactive with their healthcare by knowing their bodies and asking questions.
As a Los Angeles native, Sproles feels it's important to bring her first awareness fair to the community that raised her. The July 19th Pink Line Breast Cancer Awareness Fair is a way for her to educate and help lessen the disparity of African American women affected by breast cancer. During an interview for this article she stated, "We as black women are dying 41% more due to lack of education, social economic status and lack of healthcare. We will be providing resources for qualified women to get free mammograms." She encourages young women to do their part and is dedicated to give back and let women know they are not alone. One key advice Sproles shared is that "the most important thing is paying attention to your body and knowing your body. Even with doctors that you trust, you know more about your body than the doctor." In Michel Sproles' case, no one in her family ever had breast cancer, there was no lump or symptoms prior to her 2012 diagnosis with Stage 0 breast cancer, which is also known as Ductoral Carcinoma In-Situ (DCIS). She was diagnosed 4 months after giving birth to her youngest daughter, which even though she was under strict care for 9 months while pregnant, she knew that something was not right and followed her gut until she got answers.
Through The Pink Line hair retail line, Sproles donates proceeds towards hair units and wigs for breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and survivors. She has expanded her philanthropy to include The Pink Line photo campaign along with the Pink Line Breast Cancer Awareness Fair to empower young women that early detection is a priority and to take proactive steps to ensure your health. For information on The Pink Line Breast Cancer Awareness Fair please visit: http://pinklinefair.com or more information the Susan G. Komen California Circle of Promise® African American Initiative visit: http://www.komenlacounty.org/about-us/komen-in-the-community/african-american-initiative.html and http://circleofpromise.org/in-the-community/. Also follow Michel Sproles on Instagram @michelsproles and #ThePinkLine hashtag to keep up with The Pink Line campaign.