What Breast Cancer Awareness Means To Me

My name is Aseel and I wear this wrist band because breast cancer awareness is a cause that means so much to me; because I believe that no woman should feel that she is alone as she faces the storm that is potential terminal illness; because I believe that a woman has the right to make her own personal medical decisions.

My name is Aseel and breast care awareness is a cause that is dear to my heart because it affected three amazing woman in the Dearborn community.

The first woman’s name is Ms. Pamela Gantt-Covvington. She was my gym teacher at Lowrey Middle School and she ruined my 4.0! I love her so much because she didn’t only teach me how to do basketball layups and volleyball serves. She also taught me lessons on compassion, hope and resilience. Ms. Covvington, unfortunately, died a few months after her retirement.

The second woman’s name is Imane Srour. Imane is my friend’s mom. Imane is not my aunt, as she is from a different village in South Lebanon, but I think of her as my aunt, as we share a last name. I didn’t even get the chance to meet her back in ninth grade, even though my friend tried to arrange a meeting.

The third woman’s name is Mrs. Susan Knaus. Mrs. Knaus was my amazing third grade teacher at Lowrey Elementary School. She is a 39-year breast cancer survivor! She taught me the importance of literature, made sure that I mastered my multiplication tables, and showed me that girls shouldn’t merely dream of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields, but must rather proudly purse them. To this day, I am fond of her and thank her for the positive impact that she has had on my life.

May Pamela and Imane rest in everlasting peace. May Susan live a long life. And may we one day live in a world in which breast cancer has an everlasting cure.

  1. Thank you for sharing and reminding us about this.



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