Breast Cancer Awareness at brush.

Since we opened brush. several months ago, we knew we wanted to be a business where philanthropy and charity were integral parts of our core mission. Over the course of the time that we've been open, we've had several patients who have either fought a tough battle with cancer themselves or have loved ones who endured challenges with the devastating disease. Our own assistant, Jamie Gomez, has a family member who passed away from breast cancer a few years ago. We knew this was a cause near and dear to us and we decided to explore ways to show our support. 

To begin with, though we don't have photographic documentation, the entire brush. team wore pink on Wednesdays in October. Our awesome hygienist, Brenda, even made us ribbons to wear as well. 

 At the starting line with our Panera coffee in tow. 

At the starting line with our Panera coffee in tow. 

Next, we created a brush. team for the Susan G. Komen Race for Cure on October 28th at North Park Center. I've done this Race before several times and the energy that you feel from the huge crowd is electrifying. It's just so wonderful to see the amount of people that come out in honor of loved ones who have had to endure a diagnosis of breast cancer. 

The morning of October 28th was cold. WAY colder than I was expecting. I wore a light jacket and regretted it immediately but was too lazy to go back inside and grab something warmer! Jamie, her husband Ed, and Kelly were prepared though. They had beanies, layers, the works. I'm so proud to have a team that knows the weather!

 Jamie with her daughter's grandmother and great aunt. They lost their mother to breast cancer a few years ago.

Jamie with her daughter's grandmother and great aunt. They lost their mother to breast cancer a few years ago.

From years past, I knew parking was tough so we took an Uber together and got there right on time. The crowds were bigger than I had ever seen with sponsor booths galore. The line to the tent Starbucks had set up was like they were giving away free Pumpkin Spice Lattes (maybe they were? I never found out. I don't do lines on principle.) There was a massive stage with live music and the swarms of people were making their way to the starting line. 15 minutes later and we still hadn't reach it, so we popped in to the Panera to grab some warm coffee (I was freezing!) By the time we made our way back out, the starting line was more visible and we began our 3.1 mile journey. 

 Having some laughs and refueling after the race!

Having some laughs and refueling after the race!

Most of the people around us were dressed in the most wonderful way with tutus, pink paraphernalia, "in loving memory" shirts and crazy pink hairdos! We were mesmerized! We had our custom pink brush. shirts but we all unanimously decided that next year, we'd have to go a little more all out. 

 

We talked and laughed the whole walk and afterward we met up with Jamie's family to catch up briefly. 

After walking through a few sponsor stalls, we decided it was time to EAT! 

Overall, we all had a great time and felt the love and energy throughout the whole experience at Race for the Cure. We're excited to be back next year. 

 

Sara Mahmood, DDS MS

Founder & Dentist @ brush. 

 

PS. Our hygienist Brenda was supposed to be with us as well, but she recently lost her grandfather and was attending his memorial. We missed her dearly and have been praying for her and her family during this tough time.