Breast-cancer advocate focuses attention on education

Tamela Rich, the local author who has driven across the country via motorcycle to raise money for breast-cancer research, is asking the community to come learn more about the disease and how research is funded.

Rich will host a showing of the film “Pink Ribbons, Inc.,” which looks into how money is distributed by breast-cancer fundraisers and the sale of pink ribbons across the country. Rich says more people need to know about where their donations are going.

“The movie … examines the pink ribbon culture – the sisterhood that has proliferated along with the incidence of the disease itself,” Rich said in a news release, “and how people have been lured into shopping for a cure instead of holding charities, companies, governments and other institutions accountable for reducing the incidence of all forms of cancer.”

The movie is showing Thursday, May 3, at 6 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center’s Gorelick Hall, 5007 Providence Road. The movie is followed by a panel discussion.

It costs $10 to see the movie, with proceeds going to the Charlotte-based cancer-support group, DRUMSTRONG.

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