It has been 9 years since I had competed in the pageant world. I decided to come out of retirement for a couple of reasons. One reason was being 40 + shipping and handling , I was feeling that mid-life crisis slump. I wanted to show that age has no limits and as Walt Disney said "It's kind of fun to do the impossible". I then had to pick a platform. That was an easy choice. My aunt Elly, who was a pageant director and coach, had lost her battle to Metastatic Breast Cancer in August of 2015. One of my best friends had received her diagnosis of MBC in September of 2015. MBC is fatal, there is no cure. Only 7% of all dollars collect go to research for MBC. And even within those dollars, it isn't to find a cure, but how to make the rest of a person's life more comfortable. This is unacceptable to me. I then formed my charity the MBC Brigade....Saving One Life at A Time. All funds will go to Metivivor.org, this foundation actually funds research to find a cure. People think that "beauty queens" are self-absorbed or vain, but they don't know our story. Why do we compete. No one cares what I have to say, but put a crown and a sash on me, and all of a sudden everyone wants to talk to me and wants me to speak at their functions. If that is what it takes to be heard, I will do what it takes to save lives and keep my friend around for a long time!