Inaugural Breast Cancer Cruise-The Orlando Times
Inaugural Breast Cancer Survivor, Family And Friends Cruise 2017
BY YVETTE REGISTER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Photo Cutline: Breast Cancer Survivors Luvenia Hart, Yvette Register, Sha Fields and Charnell Williams
Photo Cutline: Breast Cancer Survivors (Front left to right) Yvette Register, Charnell Williams, Sha Fields and (Rear) Luvenia Hart
ORLANDO - Life after cancer should be a celebration. It’s been six years since my battle with Breast Cancer and I choose to live the rest of my life as a daily celebration. In light of that, I began thinking, “What could I do for my sister survivors?” Then one day the vision came to me. I could combine my love of travel with a desire to create memorable experiences for Breast Cancer survivors. The result was a Breast Cancer Survivor, Family and Friends Cruise (BCSFFC). My high school friend and travel agent, Monique Lockhart, coordinated the booking of our cabins for this special event. The amazing part is that people flew in from places as far as California and Chicago to be a part of this celebration.
The inaugural BCSFFC took place October 19-22, 2017. We set sail on the Carnival Liberty for a 4-day cruise to Nassau, Bahamas. I planned a special excursion for our group that included a private coach tour to the Rum Cake Factory, Tasty Teas (a quaint tea shop owned and operated by a Breast Cancer Survivor), Fish Fry and its neighboring beach and the Straw Market. Sister Survivor Charnell Williams volunteered to help me sponsor this memorable excursion in Nassau. Fellow State Farm Agent Camille Garrett donated pink and bling bows for all of the guests to wear on the tour.
On our day at sea I held our own Breast Cancer Survivor’s Cancer Walk on the fitness track above the Lido Deck. Survivors, family and friends participated in this inspiring and emotional walk. Each lap was dedicated to a survivor.
The final highlight of the BCSFFC was our photo shoots. Those who know me understand my love of taking chic photos of people in model like poses. It’s fun for the soul and we have wonderful memories captured on film.
The inaugural Breast Cancer Survivor Family and Friends Cruise was the start of many cancer survivor experiences to come. It was a priceless celebration of victorious women conquering, surviving and thriving.
I am looking forward to the next cruise in October 2019. We would love to have more survivors, their family and friends join us on the next voyage. Look for more details and sponsorship opportunities in the near future.