Friends of the Alexandria Commission for Women

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Gallon of Gas Give-Back

Come out, fill up, and give back!

Yates Service Station, at the corner of Braddock Road and Mt. Vernon Avenue, will be giving $0.02 back per gallon of gas sold during the month of October to the Vola Lawson Fund.

Couture for the Cure Fashion Show

On Thursday, October 4th, join AAR as our models rip the runway to support the battle against breast cancer. The Springfield Town Center will host the fashion show event featuring our brave team of breast cancer survivors modeling to raise funds for breast cancer awareness. Every dollar raised will directly impact the lives of those battling cancer, their families, and those yet to be diagnosed. The Vola Lawson Breast Cancer Memorial Fund contributes to the cost of annual mammograms for women of low income circumstances in Northern Virginia.

The Vola Lawson Breast Cancer Memorial Fund has helped over 8,000 uninsured and underinsured Alexandria women recieved free mammograms and other diagnostic screenings.

With your help, we can help many more!

For more information, please visit the Couture for a Cure Fashion Show page here.

Article: Growing Interest in Preventing Breast Cancer Takes Alexandria from Awareness to Action for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Vola Lawson Breast Cancer Memorial Fund finds new supporters as all city sectors rally to increase mammogram cancer prevention services for low-income women

Alexandria’s ongoing support for breast cancer prevention will reach new heights this October when representatives of the business, faith, medical, historic and government sectors of the city join forces for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Multiple activities are planned to benefit the Vola Lawson Breast Cancer Memorial Fund, which provides cancer prevention education and free mammograms for low-income women. Highlights include:

  • Couture for a Cure – Thursday, October 4, 7-9 p.m., Springfield Town Center at Springfield Mall
  • Join breast cancer survivors, community members, physicians and advocates as they rip the runway in a fun-filled Fashion Show event. FREE ADMISSION. Sponsored by the Association of Alexandria Radiologists, PC

  • Breast Cancer Awareness Walk – Saturday, October 13, 8:00-11:00 a.m., Oakland Baptist Church, 3408 King Street, Alexandria 22302
  • Share fellowship and light refreshments at 8, walk starts at 9:00 a.m. $10.00 Donation Sponsored by the historic Oakland Baptist Church, contact Nechelle Terrell (571) 426-0569

  • Los Tios Restaurant Night – Tuesday, October 16, 2615 Mount Vernon Avenue in Del Ray
  • Enjoy dinner out (on your own budget) and benefit the Vola Lawson Fund at the same time. A percentage of the night’s profits will go to the Fund. SALUD! (To your health!) Contact Anuja Miner

  • Del Ray Farmers’ Marketb> – Saturday, October 13 and October 20, Breast Cancer Awareness T-shirts! 2311 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria 22301
  • Wear and share your awareness. T-shirts on sale. Sponsored by the Alexandria Friends of the Commission for Women, contact Jacinta Greene

  • Yates’ Give Your 2 Cents Program – throughout the month of October, Yates Automotive, 317 E. Braddock Road, Alexandria 22301
  • Two cents of every gallon of gas purchased in October will be donated to the Vola Lawson Fund. Contact Heidi Hess

  • Mammogram Screening – throughout the month of October and ongoing, with a referral from Neighborhood Health, 2 East Glebe Road, Alexandria 22305
  • Free (for women who meet the income criteria), call (703) 535-5568 to schedule an appointment for a referral.

The Vola Lawson Breast Cancer Memorial Fund continues the mission begun by its namesake in 1994 with The Walk to Fight Breast Cancer. The Fund provides free mammograms and other diagnostic screenings for low-income women. The Fund was started in 2014 to memorialize the former Alexandria City Manager, who died in 2013.