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Miami bloggers fight against

caines | 10/11/2012, 5:30 a.m.

Taking a stance in style

A total of 26 of Miamis most well known bloggers have come together in a fight against Breast Cancer. The bloggers have made it a point to fight the disease in style. Blogger Dionne Dean of "Prissy Shopper" is among the 26 bloggers who accepted the invitation to inform her followers about the initiative. Minority women are dying of Breast Cancer at an alarming rate, Dean said. My goal is to be part of a movement to help raise awareness and funds for this great cause. We can't allow this disease take another life. The campaign against Breast Cancer is being spearheaded by one of Miamis most well known bloggers Annie Vazquez of "The Fashion Poet." The custom designed shirts will be sold for $25 in select boutiques throughout Miami-Dade and Broward county. The selected boutiques are: Lilac and Lillies, Guy and Girl Boutique and BrandOneThree.com. Proceeds will be going to The Florida Foundation for Breast Cancer. "This year, I wanted to do something to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer, Vazquez said. So I came up with the idea to infuse my fashion sense by designing a tee to sell with my friend, photographer Alexander Tamargoand having my blogger sister's unite with me on the cause. I reached out to various bloggers and proposed the idea of doing a photo campaign where we could show the world that this tee is for all shapes, sizes and ages and that buying it helps saves lives. Alexander photographed us over a three day shoot at the Shelborne [the hotel sponsored us]. He and I are putting together a photo exhibit at Wynwood Squat during Wynwood Art Walk on October 13." This year alone 27,000 African American women are expected to be diagnosed with Breast Cancer, which makes this fight extremely personal for some of the bloggers who are a part of this initiative. "This is near to my heart and truly hits close to home because my grandmother is a 17-year Breast Cancer survivor, Maika Moulite of "GLAM Life Blog" said. "When she was first diagnosed, my family didn't know how to deal with it. There wasn't a lot of information about this disease and the doctors said that she only had three to six months to live. As a woman of color, I know that most Black women find out what is ailing them when the disease has already reached an aggressive stage. I hope this campaign encourages someone to self-test, or go to the doctor if they have any suspicions or concerns. In my grandmother's case, we got very lucky and we are so thankful." By Ju'lia Samuelsjsamuels@miamitimesonline.com