Recharge for the Cure and the Rose Bandits

On April 28th, Komen Miami/Ft. Lauderdale sponsored Recharge for the Cure, where sixteen breast cancer survivors came together for a day of fun, laughter, and pampering.

Maxine Hart Weinstein, Ph.D. on Recharge for the Cure:

“Too often, women who have cancer focus so much of their energy on their cancer, that they neglect the things other women take for granted. I see it all the time in my psychology practice: women who have been diagnosed with cancer don’t have the energy, the time, the motivation, or the financial resources to engage in “frivolous” activities.  Elegant lunches, yoga and spa all take the back seat.

For years, I have dreamed about creating a Day Retreat for women diagnosed with cancer– a day for women to enjoy themselves away from medical treatment, from obligations, from disease. Until I talked to Bobbi Meyers, Executive Director of Komen Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, that dream seemed unrealistic.  But Bobbi was enthusiastic and supportive, and told me that Susan G. Komen would sponsor such a retreat.

We’ve now had three “Recharge for the Cure” events, easing women’s burdens, providing them with a sense of strength and helping them enjoy life. Our most recent “Recharge for the Cure” was Saturday, April 28, where sixteen women of various ages and backgrounds, came together at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables.  The day began with a buffet breakfast capped with the Rose Bandits Women’s  Bicycling Team riding into the room and presenting each participant with a dozen roses.

From there, we enjoyed a day of closeness, tears, laughter and pampering. The women sang songs, they practiced laughing yoga and tai chi.  They enjoyed those spa treatments we often take for granted. They were also treated to an elegant lunch.

These sixteen women entered the Biltmore as strangers.   Throughout the day, they bonded – even checking out the results of their surgeries.  By nightfall, they were friends. It was a spectacular day!”

Recharge for the Cure Group with the Rose Bandits

Rose Bandit Duffy Danish on why she supports Komen Miami/Ft. Lauderdale:

“In 1998 my mom was diagnosed with stage 4 Breast Cancer.  I was a freshman in college and was naturally devastated.  I felt helpless and like there was nothing I could do to help except be there for my mom, pray, and wear the official color for the cure–pink.  As I soon found out, I could purchase pretty much everything in pink, I did, and proceeds went to the cause. Komen has made the fight against breast cancer a visible fight with their use of pink on products, and in order to fight such a beast of a disease, pink needs to point to the cure.  Komen does an amazing job helping women like my mom find their dream doctor and provides support to those who might not have it or need extra.

My mom passed away five years ago from breast cancer, a decision she made when she was just plain tired of fighting and being on drugs.  She came to my wedding which was April 29th 2007 in Texas, returned home a few days after, slipped into a coma on May 17th and passed away May 25th.

In 2008 we moved to Miami and in 2010 I became a Rose Bandit.  Shortly thereafter, Heather and I (along with our friend Freddy) teamed together to take over and manage the team.  For me, I never even hesitated to think of where my charity goes–and that is to breast cancer. I reached out to Heather and Freddy and asked that if the team do any charity work that it be for cancer research and care–specifically breast cancer as it has so deeply impacted my life.  I didn’t just loose my mom, I lost my best friend and anything we can do to prevent this from happening to another woman (or man, my friend’s dad actually had breast cancer) and her daughter then sign me up.”

Rose Bandits riding to Recharge for the cure