October is among us once again and as we have in the past, M.U.S.E. will go pink for the month of October in the effort that one day we will end breast cancer in our lifetime. The reason I am so strongly into ending this disease is because I lost my mom in 2007 to breast cancer. It was March 3, 2007 to be exact. Four days before her birthday and weeks before she was scheduled to retire.
I have never in the past wrote about my mom on M.U.S.E.Â but 8 years after her passing I think it was time. Rosemarie was raised by a her mother Eugenia in East Los Angeles. My mom lost her dad when she was 6-years old and my grandma worked hard to send her to Our Lady of Soledad on Brooklyn (aka Cesar Chavez as we know it now) and would later attend Sacred Heart of Jesus in Lincoln Heights.
She would attend Cal State University, Los Angeles and then work for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. As I remember as a child visitingÂ her office she was a go getter. Seeing her work was a thrill and when my sister and co-founder of M.U.S.E. Lisa was born we would learn so many Â life lessons that would play a significant part throughout our lives. She started as an Administrative Assistant and worked her way up the corporate ladder as the Chief of Logistics Management.
Though the one thing I always will remember was no matter how much success she had in life she always gave back to the community that she came from. If it was not donating her time, computers or in other ways it was a goal of hers to help others reach the opportunities and success she had.
When she was diagnosed in the early 2000’s and later diagnosed with brain lesions. She never really let us know the exact level of cancer she had or what she was going through other than she would fight it. She stepped up even more to help other women who were going through the fight from friends to strangers as she excepted her role and was not only a supporter for people but was a friend.
When she passed away she left a legacy that even to this day her name is not ever out of the conscience of people she touched. She would be honored into the US Army Corps of Engineers Hall of Fame in 2007.
I was lucky to have a mom who dared me and my sister to beÂ better, to work hard and not be scared to try but to always remember others. She was suppose to be a big part of M.U.S.E. after she retired but never got the chance to see what this would become.
M.U.S.E. will always try its’ best to make aware of the fight against breast and women’s cancers.
In honor of not only my mom but the mothers, sisters, grandmothers, nieces and daughters who are currently fighting or have survived the battle with cancer we change our webiste and logo’s pink.
For 2015 we would like to put some light on a charity that my sister found on Instagram that helps the women in East Los Angeles were my mom, my sister and myself grew up.
Chavelyta’s Pink Hood Cancer Foundation is based in Boyle Heights and every year they have a day of pampering for women who our currently fighting breast cancer and the survivors in the neighborhood.
The organization still needs donations such as gloves, beanies, scarves, chap stick, hand sanitizers, body wash, lotion and anything else that you would like to put in their gift baskets. If you would like to donate you can please visit them on Facebook atÂ https://www.facebook.com/chavelytaspinkhoodcancerfoundation?fref=tsÂ or get in touch with us at M.U.S.E. at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to donate items. We will make sure that the items are delivered to the charity.
Let Us All Find a Cure forÂ Breast Cancer!!!