On Saturday, June 4, the Houston Galleria mall was mobbed – flash mobbed- by an explosion of pink power as more than 100 breast cancer survivors, our friends and family members performed a dance tribute to celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day. I was in the mix dancing as disco diva Gloria Gaynor sang her timeless hit, ‘I Will Survive. ”
Much of the love and gratitude goes to Houston philanthropists Lester and Sue Smith, whose organization Pinkwell.org is dedicated to finding a cure for breast cancer.
It was an exhilarating experience to be among women like me, who are not just surviving but loving life and beating cancer, one day at a time. And the lyrics to Ms. Gaynor’s song will always be with me: ‘as long as I know how to love, I know I will survive. I’ve got all my life to live, I’ve got all my love to give, I will survive . . . I will survive.’
Hattie Horn is an award-winning change management and communications practitioner with 20-plus years of experience in external and internal communications. Hattie is the co-host of The Business Communicators podcast, which takes practitioners on a journey that explores the key issues and trends that impact our industry. Focusing on professional development, each episode features a compelling conversation with c-suite executives, strategists, nationally-acclaimed journalists, and digital influencers.
In 2020, Hattie was recognized by IABC Houston with three Bronze Quill Awards, including Best in Show, for her employee engagement work as bp rebuilt its facilities following damage sustained from Hurricane Harvey.
Hattie is native of Houston, Texas, and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and theatre from Prairie View A&M University. #HBCU
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