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Susan G. Komen OC honors breast cancer survivors at celebration luncheon

Susan G. Komen Orange County recently held its annual Survivor Celebration and Award Luncheon on August 3 at the OASIS Senior Center in Corona del Mar, where more than 130 survivors, co-survivors and supporters gathered together in solidarity to recognize the brave men and women affected by breast cancer. 

Susan G. Komen OC honors Angelique Fong

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Angelique Fong (center) is honored as the “Most Inspirational Breast Cancer Survivor” and pictured with her family at the OASIS Senior Center

The event honored Mission Viejo resident Angelique Fong as the “Most Inspirational Breast Cancer Survivor” for her strength and courage as she continues her second fight with breast cancer. Fong spoke about her mother, who was diagnosed with breast cancer at 47 and one of the reasons Fong initially got involved in Susan G. Komen Orange County. Fong also confronted the obstacles she has faced – and still faces saying that early detection – for both of her cases – was key when it came to her surgery, treatment and a good prognosis.

“After my first battle with breast cancer, I became more involved with Komen OC as a volunteer and mentor,” Fong said. “I was obviously drawn to their mission, but I was also impressed with the work that this relatively small group of passionate and talented individuals was able to accomplish. I love that 75 percent of funds raised stay right here in our community, and the other 25 percent goes toward national research initiatives.”

Susan G. Komen OC honors Ambrocia Lopez

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Director of Mission Programs at Susan G. Komen Orange County Ambrocia Lopez addresses guests at the celebration luncheon

 The patio luncheon also featured a hat parade and contest as well as a presentation from Keynote Speaker, Rebecca Hultquist, a 14-year breast cancer survivor and the chair of the 2019 Orange County MORE THAN PINK Walk™.

Every day in Orange County, five women are diagnosed with breast cancer and one woman will die from the disease. This is unacceptable. Susan G. Komen Orange County hosts this annual luncheon to unite the greater Orange County community in the fight against breast cancer. You, too, have the power to change lives.

Give support to someone living with breast cancer by joining inspirational survivors, like Fong, and registering for the MORE THAN PINK Walk™ taking place on Sunday, Sept. 22 at Fashion Island (starting at the Pacific Life building) at www.komenoc.org/walk.