Breast Cancer Awareness

Miss Black Oregon puts focus on community

You’re invited to an “Afrodite” breast cancer awareness event intended to uplift the African American community featuring Miss Black Oregon US Ambassador Arya Morman and representatives of Susan G. Komen of Oregon and Southwest Washington.

The theme of the Wednesday, July 10 mixer, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Century Bar in southeast Portland is a play on words, putting the focus on the fight against breast cancer in the black community.

Morman first approached the local Susan G. Komen affiliate a couple of months ago. With a family history of breast cancer, she wanted to find a way to share with her community of young African American professionals what she has learned about the disease and supporting those closest to her.

“Arya’s family story is compelling and her enthusiasm for this topic is contagious. We are excited to help her share information about breast cancer with her community,” said Cindy Fletcher, director of programs at Susan G. Komen in Portland.

All are welcome. Pastor Renee Ward, herself a survivor of triple negative breast cancer, will moderate a panel of experts that include, from Legacy Health, Dr. Nathalie Johnson and Dr. Cynthia Aks, and, from OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, Dr. Gordon Mills. The panelists will talk about their respective roles in the breast cancer journey, clinical trials, and how community members can be engaged and learn more.

Registration is free but requested in advance at