It’s hard to believe that it has already been a year since the last Breast Cancer Gala, when Joan Lunden spoke to a capacity crowd about her career and own experience with the disease.

This year, the gala dinner is scheduled for Oct. 1, and although tickets are sold out, people can possibly have a chance to attend through the waiting list or if a friend with a table is feeling generous.

Cynthia Nixon of Sex and the City fame will be the guest speaker this year.

breast-cancer-photosCynthia Nixon

Breast Cancer is a subject very close to Ms. Nixon’s heart, as she herself was diagnosed in 2006. After completing treatment, she became a spokesperson for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

In 2015, she played the role of a cancer survivor in the movie James White only months after her mother died following a third battle with breast cancer.

Although she kept her diagnosis quiet while in treatment for privacy reasons, in a video for the Komen Foundation, Ms. Nixon said that one of her main reasons for becoming an activist was because she felt like she had a “really concrete” and “very useful” story to tell.

“And my story is not just my story, but it’s my mother’s and my story, which is be proactive, get your mammograms, don’t be afraid,” she said in the video. “This is a really handle-able disease if you catch it in time, and the worst thing you can do is be too afraid to get a mammogram and check it out.”

Gala

The Breast Cancer Gala is unofficially considered the opener of gala season in the Cayman Islands, and it certainly does so in grand style. The ballroom of The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman is packed with supporters, survivors, and those presently undergoing treatment. Everyone dresses in their finest, and the evening is mixture of entertainment and fundraising, with a live auction featuring coveted items such as trips and unique experiences.

For more information, visit the website at www.breastcancerfoundation.ky.