A topless journey of 1.000 miles to fight cancer

Paulette Leaphart Scar Story breast cancer fight - not only twenty blog

 

Paulette Leaphart is fighting an uphill battle. She is a beautiful 49-year-old breast cancer survivor.

 

It was 2014 when she underwent a double mastectomy and now, proud of those scars, she has decided to give a shock to the world telling her story.

 

Paulette decided to take a long journey, a walk of 1.000 miles. She started from Biloxi, Mississippi, hoping to get to Washington DC by the end of June.

Paulette Leaphart Scar Story breast cancer fight - not only twenty blog

Paulette is not alone. Accompanied by her four daughters between 8 and 15 years and the filmmaker Emily MacKezie which will shoot step by step this venture with a video: Scar Story.

Paulette is going at a brisk pace on this journey bare-chested, she wants show everyone her scars because, as explained

All of us have scars. If they’re not physical scars, they’re emotional scars. We’re afraid to expose those scars because we’re afraid of what people might say or how they’ll judge us. I want to put an end to that.”

Then she added “We are interested in bringing to the surface a conversation about the different things we hide and the reasons we keep them hidden”.

And she obtained that. The case caught the attention of the media and beyond. To grasp her call to action was also Beyoncé that not only involved Paulette in her latest album Lemonade, but has also embraced the initiative to Paulette making herself available to walk together part of this hard road.

Paulette Leaphart Scar Story breast cancer fight lemonade - not only twenty blog

The reasons behind this fighter woman are an inspiration to us all:

“(I do all that) To show my empathy and compassion for all those who have lost a loved one to this disease. I will walk 1,000 miles  for the women who have lost everything in the process of going through treatment. For the common bond that all fighters share. I will walk across the country topless, for myself and for others! I will walk because I’m celebrating LIFE!”

SCAR STORY from M Emily MacKenzie on Vimeo.

Paulette Leaphart Scar Story breast cancer fight - not only twenty blog

 

 

Rita Palazzi
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