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5 Guys PAC Pink Tie Event

According to the American Cancer Society, Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among African American women, exceeded only by lung cancer. It is virtually impossible to not have a mother, aunt, sister, or friend whom is infected with the disease. Last weekend, iSocialite had the pleasure of attending the "Pink Tie Event", a charity event geared towards breast cancer awareness and presented to us by a political activism group by the name of the 5 Guys Political Action Committee (PAC). All proceeds of the event were donated to Jefferson Kimmel Cancer Center and Edith Mitchell's studies on Cancer research in the disparities of the prevalence of breast cancer in African-Americans. 

The 5 Guys Political Action Committee is dedicated to encouraging young African-Americans, and young people in general, to get involved in the political process and educating the community about issues within the community. The founding members are Joseph Meade, Rahim Islam, Jr., Charles Duncan, III, Esq., Mu'min Islam, and Raheem Watson; each have their own occupations that they bring to the 5 Guys PAC table

On May 10, 1995, Marcia Pamela Brown, mother of Mu'min and Rahim, died at the age of 40, losing her battle with breast cancer over the previous 7 years. At such a young age, she predeceased six children, ranging from the ages of 4 – 22. Her death occurred four days before Mother’s Day, and less than 30 days before three of her children’s birthday. Commonly referred to as “Joy,” she was a mother first and an inspiration to all of those that had the pleasure of coming across her. This event was in the memory of Joy and all of the other loved ones lost as a result of Breast Cancer. According to Rahim, there was no preventative early treatment because at that time doctors didn't allow tests or treatment. Studies have shown that early detection is critical in the success of treating Breast Cancer.

Influential men and women from the tri-state area came out with their best outfits; many were wearing pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness. The event featured hors d'oeuvres, an open bar, music by DJ Marty Geez and was hosted by Shamara from Power 99. Marcia Brown's first born, Fatima, performed spoken word. Greg Corbin, founder of the Philadelphia Youth Poetry Movement, performed poetry about his father passing away due to Lung Cancer from smoking. Jamal Hall, a student of Foreman, also performed poetry about the Philadelphia education system. The vibe of the event was generally tasteful and ended with the guests having a good time on the dance floor.

The 5 Guys PAC also hosts many fundraisers and political events for leaders in the Philadelphia Community. Most recently they held events for State Representative, Kenyatta Johnson. Through sponsoring his campaign, holding fundraising events and shaping his campaign, the 5 Guys PAC helped Kenyatta Johnson win the Democratic primary election for City Council's 2nd District seat. In addition to Johnson, they have also supported Councilman Darrell L. Clarke and 8th District Council Candidate Cindy Bass in their respective primaries; all of whom have won. The 5 Guys PAC is dedicated and focused on supporting any organization that is actively increasing awareness of such ails and proactively saving lives. 

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