The Girl With Pink Hair , formerly titled, A Wake-up Call, brings us into the unique world of Brooklyn’s orthodox Syrian-Jewish community where devoted homemaker, SARI MIZRAHI hopes to return to her normal life after her bout with breast cancer. But the unlikely friendship she forms with JASMINE WILLIAMS, a young African-American woman struggling with the disease, transforms both lives and neither can ever return to their old selves.
We are all on the edge of choice about our lives. Most of us have encountered illness in our families and witnessed the stress that results from it. The Girl With Pink Hair’s drama of two racially diverse families struggling with the after-effects of breast cancer, is our own. The health care issue Angela confronts from lacking insurance belongs to all of us. This film is meant to spur viewers into recognition of the need to maintain support for quality health care for all our citizens
Fact: According to the National Cancer Institute, breast cancer is the leading cause of death in young women ages 15 – 54. Uninsured breast-cancer patients are more than twice as likely to have their cancer diagnosed in late stages as those with private insurance. A women without insurance who gets breast cancer is 40 percent more likely to die from the disease than someone with health insurance.
Black women die from the disease at younger ages than white women. More research and more vigilance in the diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up of these women is needed.
Program of the National Cancer Institute, NYTimes, Oct. 30, 2015