The  Pink Podcast is designed to give listeners an insight on what is happening in the field of breast cancer research, treatment, screening and survivorship. Through each episode, experts in various fields share their knowledge directly with you through guided conversations on a variety of topics.





 A Conversation with Susan G. Komen’s sister, Nancy Goodman Brinker

In this episode, we talk with Nancy Goodman Brinker, the founder of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure®. She describes her work to create sustainable funding to address the health disparities among populations in the U.S. Listen here

To learn more about the Memphis-Mississippi chapter of Susan G. Komen, visit https://komenmemphisms.org/.

A Great American Beauty’s Mastectomy, Allyn Rose, 2011’s Miss Maryland USA

Allyn Rose is an American beauty pageant titleholder, professional speaker, and breast cancer advocate for more than 300 million women worldwide.

In this PINK PODCAST episode, Allyn talks about losing her mother to breast cancer at the age of 16 and the difficulty she experienced resulting from this tragic loss.  Allyn has since partnered with the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the Tigerlilly Foundation, educating women in cancer prevention. In the fall of 2012, Rose revealed her decision to undergo a prophylactic double mastectomy.  In June 2013, she gave a TED Talk at Chapman University on the Power of Redefining Breasts.  Rose continues to work as a preventive healthcare advocate and contributor on several national media outlets. The 21st Annual Congress on Women’s Health awarded her the Women’s Health Advocacy Award.

Hosts Catherine Young, Sr. Vice President of the Susan G. Komen Memphis Midsouth Mississippi affiliate, and Molly May, author, double mastectomy survivor, and Miss Mississippi State University, share a heartwarming conversation with Allyn Rose who encourages women throughout the world struggling with breast cancer to remember, “My mastectomy does not define me.  How I look is simply an accessory.” Listen here.

This year marks our 20th year of providing breast health care to uninsured and underserved women in Mississippi.  Please join us on April 13, 2019, for our RACE FOR THE CURE and help us continue to support breast health and fight breast cancer.  Register here.

Strength and Support with Cora Beth and Meade Hartfield

All Sherry Hartfield was expecting that day was a little helpful doctor’s advice with her blood pressure medicine.

Instead, Sherry showed her doctor a rash that led to a sonogram and PET scan, revealing stage 4 inflammatory breast cancer, one of the rarest and most aggressive forms. Immediately, Sherry called her daughters, Cora Beth and Meade, letting them know of her diagnosis.

Quickly, Sherry got a glimpse of how strong her daughters could be when the need is there.

Sherry moved in with her daughter, Cora Beth, and both Cora Beth and Meade became their mother’s caregivers. Cora Beth and Meade stepped into action educating themselves about inflammatory breast cancer, and providing their mother with the love, support, encouragement, nurturing, and God’s ever-present strength to endure.

In this Pink Podcast episode Cora Beth and Meade share the heart-warming story of their mother’s love, her courage, support from her friends, and her deep faith in Jesus Christ.

To the amazement, wonder and gratitude of Sherry Hartfield’s daughters, friends, and doctors, she defied the odds and lived five and a half years beyond what was expected. Sherry died in August 2017.

Each year, Cora Beth and Meade continue the memory of their mother through “Team Sherry,” by participating in the Susan G. Komen “Race for the Cure,” the largest and most successful fund raising event for breast cancer ever created. Join Cora Beth and Meade and hundreds of others on April 13, 2019, in downtown Jackson, MS, as we celebrate survivor ship and remember those who have lost their fight to the disease.

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Unlike other races, 85% of funds raised in the “Metro Jackson Race for the Cure” remain in Mississippi helping our local community fund breast cancer education, and breast cancer screening and treatment projects. Please register now and join the largest breast cancer fund raiser in 60 countries worldwide.

High School Students Sharing & Caring for Their Teacher

A breast cancer diagnosis is the start of an incredibly difficult period for a woman (or man) and her family. One important way for her to emotionally manage her diagnosis is to be surrounded by a strong support system.  A strong support group can help her feel cared for, supported, loved, spiritually nurtured, and taken care of during this difficult, vulnerable time.  Not surprising, Ms. Brown’s high school students “pinked out” to show their support.

This “Pink Podcast” episode talks with breast cancer survivor, Georgia Brown, who was diagnosed in 2017.  Georgia shares her personal story of struggle, survival, and the compassion and strength of friends, family, and her faith.

Georgia graduated from St. Andrew’s Episcopal School and subsequently earned a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Southern Mississippi as well as a Master’s degree in the same discipline from Mississippi College. Georgia has been a writer and editor for several magazines throughout the South, but her true calling has been teaching English and Spanish at the high school level. In January of 2017, Georgia was diagnosed with stage II invasive ductal carcinoma and although she faced chemotherapy, surgery and radiation, she remained in the classroom at Jackson Academy her yearlong battle. Upon completing her treatments, she took on a new challenge as recent as August of 2018 when she accepted a position as 10th and 11th grade English instructor at Presbyterian Christian School in Hattiesburg where she teaches European and American literature. Georgia relishes any opportunity to speak to the media, support groups, Bible studies and participate in podcasts to share her story. And, at the request of one of her physicians in Houston, she served as web content advisor for M.D. Anderson’s Radiation Oncology Department at the Nellie Connally Breast Center to improve patients’ online experience. Georgia soon hopes to write a devotional book for women facing a cancer diagnosis and is in talks with her minister to establish a Stephen ministry at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in the Fondren area (Jackson, MS).

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Unlike other races, 85% of funds raised in the “Metro Jackson Race for the Cure” remain in Mississippi helping our local community fund breast cancer education, and breast cancer screening and treatment projects.  Please register now and join the largest breast cancer fund raiser in 60 countries worldwide.

A Cure for Breast Cancer:  Clinical Trials Vital to Health of Future Generations

with special guest Dr. Show-Ching Tang

This Pink Podcast features Dr. Shou-Ching Tang, Associate Director of Clinical and Translational Research at the University of Mississippi Cancer Center Institute in Jackson, MS.  Dr. Tang is internationally known for his breast cancer research.  Since 2013, he has led the Breast Cancer Multidisciplinary Team at Augusta University, has been co-leader of the Breast Cancer Interdisciplinary Translational Research Team, and is leader of the Solid Tumor Clinical Trial Working Group.  Dr. Tang also helped found the Breast Cancer International Research Group that seeks to bring more effective therapies to breast cancer patients.

Dr. Tang responds to questions from Catherine Young, Sr. Vice President of our Susan G. Komen Memphis MidSouth Mississippi affiliate, and Molly May, author of My Crowning Achievement, and double mastectomy survivor, about the misconceptions of participating in clinical trials, the benefits of clinical trials, as well as a discussion about actual cures for breast cancer.

Dr. Tang recognizes that in treating patients with breast cancer, “One size does not fit all. Different cancers behave differently. Using tailored immunotherapy to an individual’s tumor, the patient is offered a more precise care.”

Is there a cure for breast cancer?  Listen to what Dr. Tang has to say about present cures for cancer.  We think you will be pleasantly surprised.

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Metro Jackson Race for the Cure

Join us on Saturday, April 13, 2019, for our Metro Jackson Race for the Cure, at the Old Capitol War Memorial in downtown Jackson, MS.  A “Survivor Breakfast & Photo” will be at 7:30 am, with the race beginning at 8:00 am.  There will be activities for everyone.  Please join us and help raise funds to meet the most critical needs of our community … Saving lives!  Register online TODAY.


Who I Am is More Than Enough:  My breasts are simply an accessory

Featuring Molly May

In this Pink Podcast, Catherine Young, Sr. Vice President of the Susan G. Komen Memphis Midsouth Mississippi affiliate, talks with Molly who shares her personal story of being 8 years old when her mom, a single parent, was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. It is an enlightening story of determination, difficulties, fear, courage and faith.

We learn that if one’s mother is diagnosed with breast cancer, there is an increased chance that you could also develop the disease. While most breast cancer is actually not hereditary, it is helpful to know if you have family members who were ever diagnosed with breast cancer. Women who have a mother, sister, or even a daughter who developed breast cancer at a young age (premenopausal) have double the risk of the disease compared to those who don’t have this family history.

If you have a “first-degree” relative (mother, sister, or daughter) who has been diagnosed with breast cancer, you have a 24% chance of developing the disease.  If you have 2 “first-degree” relatives diagnosed with breast cancer, you risk increases to 36% of developing the disease (Stephen, P., June 2019)

Fortunately, Molly’s mom is a survivor and has shared with her their family history. It’s important for everyone to gather as much information about one’s family history as possible and share this information with your doctor.

Molly continues her positive outlook on life and brings inspiration and kindness to everyone she meets.


Stephen, P. June 2019. “Your Risk of Breast Cancer if Your Mother Had Breast Cancer”. Retrieved from: https://www.verywellhealth.com/mother-and-daughter-breast-cancer-is-it-inevitable-430161

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Donna, “Just Does It:” Navigating Through Breast Cancer

Donna Ladd is an award-winning journalist and editor from Philadelphia, MS, who started two newspapers in Manhattan, then helped launch the first alternative newspaper in Colorado Springs. She returned home to Mississippi after 18 years and is co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Jackson Free Press, a solutions-driven newspaper covering the capital city and state policy with a deep reach into Mississippi’s diverse communities.  Donna has written for The Guardian, a national publication, as well as alternative newspapers, including the Village Voice in New York and donnaLADD.com.  Donna also hosts her own podcast that feature mostly Mississippi women at LetsTalkJackson.com.  This month, Donna celebrates one year as a breast cancer survivor, having had a double mastectomy on October 10, 2018, one day after her birthday.

In this PINK PODCAST, Donna speaks openly, with enthusiasm and wholeheartedness, about her experience over this past year. After her first year of surviving breast cancer, Donna writes, “But here’s the thing: I’ve never been happier, more grateful, or as focused and mindful as I am now. For one thing, I’m alive. I was lucky a routine exam caught the cancer early so that I didn’t need chemo or radiation, even if I did have my body cut up. Considering how much I love life, my work, Todd and my wonderful network of friends, family and readers, I immediately quit drinking alcohol, and gave up sugar (not fruit), in a quest to keep the cancer from returning. I went on walks while leaning on a stick for months, and I’m a smaller weight than in decades. I even prefer my new boob size.” (Read the article in its entirety at https://www.jacksonfreepress.com/news/2019/oct/16/editors-note-recovering-out-loud-loss-and-breast-c/ )

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Join Catherine Young, Sr. Vice President of the Susan G. Komen Memphis MidSouth, Mississippi affiliate, and Molly May, author, activist, breast cancer survivor and former Miss Mississippi State University, in this informative and provocative conversation with Donna Ladd.

About the Show

A production of Susan G. Komen Memphis-MidSouth Mississippi. Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Komen was founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life. Komen Memphis-MidSouth  Mississippi is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in the local community. Through events like the Race for the Cure®, Komen Memphis-Midsouth Mississippi has raised and invested almost $14 million in community breast health programs in 21 counties in the state of Mississippi and contributed over $3.8 million to research. For more information, call 901.757.8686 or visit komenmemphisms.org

This podcast is proudly sponsored by the D.L. Dykes, Jr. Foundation, producers of FAITHANDREASON®. Learn more about their work at https://www.faithandreason.org.

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