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… and still no words. Rest in PEACE Barbra Watson-Riley

10 Nov

November 10, 2013

Dearest Friends and PinkWellChick® supporters,

image of pinkwellchick t-shirtAfter a courageous and vibrant life “in the cancer lane”, the journey of our Pinkwellchick®, aka Barbra Watson-Riley, ended on November 7, 2013. She transitioned from life in the evening surrounded by a powerful family circle of love, grace and compassion.

She gave an amazingly valiant and dignified fight during these past two years and triumphs over death by leaving the world the legacy of Life in the Cancer Lane™. It was truly a miracle for her to witness her life’s work come to life on stage!

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I have mixed emotions as I type. I am deeply saddened for her physical loss because she was and remains one of my dearest, closest friends from high school until …. forever, as well as an elder Soror who adopted and “made me” in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., flyyyyy Gamma Chi Chapter. No one said it (or lived it) like Barbra did.

Yet, she now has the peace and rest she needed and so richly deserved as her body betrayed her bright mind and indomitable spirit. She was a “friend chick” who definitely reaped the love she sowed during her life with all of the love and support you showed her and her family, especially in these last two years .

So in the midst of this undeniable (and quite frankly absolutely unbelievable) loss, be encouraged by celebrating her LIFE. A life well lived, indeed. I am certain she heard “Well done, thou good and faithful servant!” Now it’s time for us to pick up the mantle, to accept the charge in her courageous and vibrant honor and spirit. We must pledge to support and encourage her husband and daughter and to carry on the work of our Pinkwellchick® through PWC. As she said and DID early and often, we now must DO SOMETHING!

Read the raw and beautiful reflections titled “No Words.” from one of Barbra’s closest and dearest friends, Michele aka Red Ink of inkwellchicks.com.

Love & light to you all,

Tonya, PWC admin

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Play to Provide Breast Cancer Awareness to Sold Out Audience This Thursday

23 Oct



Tracey Walker Banks (972) 841-0824 and LaTricia Woods (480) 495-2484

Play to Provide Breast Cancer Awareness to a Sold Out Audience This Thursday

Community Comes Out to Support First-Time Playwright Barbra Watson-Riley

 Event Details:

Life in the Cancer Lane™ is a compilation of stories from breast cancer survivors produced by first-time playwright Barbra Watson-Riley

Thursday, Oct. 24

Reception: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Performance: 7 p.m.

Black Theatre Troupe, 1333 E. Washington Street

About the Play

LITCL imageLife in the Cancer Lane™ begins when women first hear the words “breast cancer” and details what happens when they are thrown head first into the Cancer Lane. Whether its dealing with the side effects from chemo, or the loss of hair…and friends, the play examines the twists, turns and bumps in the breast cancer journey. The stories are based on conversations with breast cancer survivors and their caregivers.

Barbra Watson-Riley was diagnosed in Sept. 2011 with advanced Stage 3 breast cancer. Her treatment included chemo, a double mastectomy and radiation. Six months after completing treatment, she was diagnosed with metastatic cancer of the lung.

Watson-Riley is a member of the Susan G. Komen Central and Northern Arizona Chapter and the Coalition of Blacks Against Breast Cancer. She is currently in treatment, completing her book (also called Life in the Cancer Lane) and fighting the battle of her life, for her life. Fighting beside her are her husband, 11-year-old daughter, family and a community of friends and supporters.

Tickets to Life in the Cancer Lane™ sold out in less than three weeks. The community has come out in strong support of this production and Watson-Riley. The production is being sponsored by Cox Communications and benefits the health and human services facet of the Phoenix Chapter of the Links, Inc. “Life in the Cancer Lane” is a Pinkwellchick© Production.

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Direct all legal inquiries to Tonya M. Evans, Esq. at tme [AT] tmelaw.net

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