Thursday, September 17, 2015

Freshman Cancer Survivor's Story Prompts Televised Surprise

The courage and service of BW freshman Arshawna Warren '19 inspired a national television audience this week, as Steve Harvey's syndicated talk show honored the teen breast cancer survivor for giving back to her community — and surprised her with a brand new Ford Focus and $5,000!

Even before she arrived at BW this fall to study psychology, Warren was applauded for the award-winning and life-saving outreach program she developed as a young cancer survivor. At 16, Warren discovered a lump during a routine self-exam and was diagnosed with breast cancer. Early detection saved her life and inspired Warren to spread the word about self-exams and early detection. She developed a workshop and website, "Be Pretty in Pink," to empower middle school and high school students.

“I figured why not put a workshop on for young people about young people getting breast cancer or any type of cancer,” she tells the media. “It’s not too early to start checking.”

This summer, Warren's work also earned her the presitgious Girl Scout Gold Award, presented to young women who “demonstrate extraordinary leadership through remarkable Take Action projects that have sustainable impact in their communities — and beyond.”

Before the recognition by Steve Harvey (which you can replay in its entirety below), Warren's story was featured on WKYC-TV and USA TODAY, as well as Romona's Kids on 19 News. The story has since been shared on news sites all over the world.