By Kenny Sui-Fung Yim
Asian Women for Health (AWFH) and Asian Breast Cancer (ABC) Project held their annual “AppreciASIANS” event at Tufts Medical Center’s Wolff Auditorium on March 28. The event was hosted by the Tufts Cancer Center. Oncologist Jack Erban opened up by welcoming all and expressing the Center’s commitment to partnering with AWFH founder Chien-Chi Huang.
Keynote speaker Pauline Alighieri, executive director of Friend of Mel Foundation, expressed how proud she was of all Huang has accomplished.
Huang said she finally found the words to explain what AWFH does: “Create a community of information and support so Asian women can live happily and healthily.”
True to the event’s name, Huang called forward a trio of women to be recognized for special appreciation. The first award for ABC Peer Leader went to Jia Zhen Lu. Huang said of her, “I am always checking on other people, but she is the one that checks on me”. Lu reciprocated by saying although Huang is physically small, she does big things. Together they have worked together on crafts projects, and most recently, making cut-out daffodils. To Huang, the story of a California woman who slowly but surely planted a field of daffodils served as inspiration that small consistent labor can cause change.
Another honoree was Bik-Fung Ng of Boston Main Street, who won a Community Champion Award. Ng expressed admiration for the great progress in cancer research. The big difference in treatment even within the last 19 years has been remarkable — initially, patients couldn’t eat after two weeks, but now their appetites can return much sooner.
Breast cancer oncologist Han Ting Lin, who Huang described as the “ideal doctor to have when you’re sick,” received the next award. Lin also happened to be Huang’s personal oncologist. For Lin, what makes for a good doctor is the ability to listen.
Vocal Chinese music led by Jean Foo also performed two special songs, “Grateful Heart,” and “You Raise Me Up.”
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