By Tracey Leong

TOWSON, Md. (WJZ) — October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In Maryland, businesses and organizations are showing their support through a variety of ways.

“Want to speak life into the situation. It doesn’t have to be gloom and doom. This is a glamorous spa day,” said Sarita Oaks Murray, owner of SparTea and founder of Blink Pink, a nonprofit that provides support and resources for women fighting breast cancer.

Murray is also a breast cancer survivor. She has dedicated her life to helping others battle the disease after being diagnosed 14 years ago.

“There was nothing like this to do with my daughters to keep our minds off what was going on at the time, so it was a traumatic experience for us,” she said.

Research has shown that breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women, and that early detection is critical to survival.

“Even if you get diagnosed, you can survive, you can pass and do what you need to do to survive. I’m living proof of it,” said Heidi Delacruz, breast cancer survivor.

Delacruz came to the SparTea Mommy and Me event with her young daughter. There were also patients recently diagnosed in attendance with their little ones.

“You can still have a great time in spite of the fatigue that may be happening from the chemotherapy or not feeling like yourself,” said Murray, who is hoping to inspire other survivors and patients.

The Mommy and Me Spa Days are only available by appointment. For details, CLICK HERE.

There are an estimated 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S.


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