I found out about Women Rock when I was learning more about Red Dirt Revolution and their upcoming appearance there. This organization is devoted to raising awareness about breast cancer as well as educating the public. The subject of breast cancer is something that has unfortunately affected some of my relatives. My aunt was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Of course my mom and other female relatives have been to their personal physicians since. I jumped at the chance to contact Women Rock Inc. for an interview to learn more. LuAnn Daniel, founder and director of Women Rock replied to my message soon after I contacted them. Here is the interview…
InParisTexas: What prompted you to start Women Rock?
WomenRock: My entire 28-year career has been in Diagnostic Imaging. It has instilled in me a passion for breast cancer awareness. That passion comes from my work in the field of mammography, where a need is apparent to have more options for women of low socioeconomic status to have better access to cancer screening programs. The under and uninsured are not receiving early breast cancer detection screening at the same rate as those who are fully insured.
My passion has always been there. The inspiration to take that passion into a different direction and to a higher level came when a good friend of mine lost her life to breast cancer at the age of 50 after a courageous battle against the disease. If anyone deserved a get out of jail free card, it was Susan. She loved God, and she loved life. She was everyone’s caretaker before her cancer diagnosis, and continued to take care of everyone else throughout her journey. She uplifted and encouraged countless numbers along the way. She was a rock! Women Rock is an organization helping women today, thanks to Susan Hicks.
InParisTexas:How soon are you hoping to receive your 501(c)3 status?
WomenRock:We are hoping to have our final determination letter from the IRS by the end of September.
InParisTexas: What will that change for your organization?
WomenRock: Receiving our 501(c)3 status will allow us to be more aggressive in applying for grants. There are a lot of grants that won’t let you apply without your final 501 status; some will let you apply with your pre-determination letter, but those are much fewer. So having our 501 improves our chances to increase the funding opportunities.
InParisTexas: What are your plans at Red Dirt Revolution?
WomenRock: Our initial plans for RDR were to bring our Pink Fire Truck, which was a great visual branding, and sell our Women Rock t-shirts, decals, and other items we have to raise money for our cause. Unfortunately, on the way home from our last exhibit at the Gaylord Texan, our fire truck burst in flames and could not be saved. Bonham Chrysler has purchased a replacement for us, but it’s coming from North Caroline and can’t be ready in time for RDR. However, Women Rock was able to get a race car ready for the road in the last couple of weeks so it will make a showing with us for the event! We also had a 1999 Honda FourTrax 300 four wheeler donated to us to raise money to help us replace items lost when the fire truck burned, so for each $10 donation, a raffle ticket will be given. We would like to give the four-wheeler away as early as possible so the winner can enjoy riding it. We would like to give out 500 raffle tickets, so we’re hoping to get people out donation to our cause early in the day!
InParisTexas: What message do you hope the attendees for Red Dirt Revolution take away from your appearance there?
WomenRock: The message I want everyone to take away from our presence there is that we want them to know what our cause and purpose is. Too many women are dying too young from breast cancer, which has a 98% cure rate when it’s detected early. We’re not only out in the communities to provide education on the importance of early detection and breast cancer awareness, but the money we are raising is helping us provide mammograms for women that don’t have insurance, or for some other reason are having a difficult time finding a way to pay for a mammogram. These are the women that are getting diagnosed with later stage breast cancers that become harder to treat and harder to cure.
InParisTexas: Is there anything else you would like the public to know?
WomenRock: We want people to have a great time, spend their money having fun, but we also like to give them a small dose of reality, and ask them to spend a few dollars with us to help us save lives!
InParisTExas would like to thank LuAnn Daniel of Women Rock for taking time for an interview, before the busy weekend with Red Dirt Revolution!
To learn more about Women Rock click HERE
To learn more about their upcoming appearance at Red Dirt Revolution, click HERE