Arshawna Warren Steve Harvey TV

The courage and service of BW freshman Arshawna Warren '19 inspired a national television audience this week.

Freshman Cancer Survivor's Inspiring Story Prompts Televised Surprise

September 17, 2015

Arshawna Warren Steve Harvey TVFirst, freshman psychology major Arshawna Warren '19 beat cancer. Then, she went to work developing an award-winning early detection workshop for teens. This week, her story inspired a national television audience when Steve Harvey's syndicated talk show honored the young breast cancer survivor for giving back to her community — and surprised her with a brand new Ford Focus and $5,000!

Even before she arrived at BW this fall to study psychology, Warren was applauded for the award-winning and life-saving outreach program she developed as a young cancer survivor. At 16, Warren discovered a lump during a routine self-exam and was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Spreading the Word About Early Detection

Be Pretty in Pink logoEarly detection saved her life and inspired Warren to spread the word about self-exams and early detection. She developed a workshop and website,  "Be Pretty in Pink," to empower middle school and high school students.

“I figured why not put a workshop on for young people about young people getting breast cancer or any type of cancer,” she tells the media. “It’s not too early to start checking.”

Highest Honor from Girl Scouts and Wide Media Coverage

Warren's work also earned her the prestigious  Girl Scout Gold Award, presented to young women who “demonstrate extraordinary leadership through remarkable Take Action projects that have sustainable impact in their communities — and beyond.”

Before the recognition by Steve Harvey (full replay linked here), Warren's story was featured on  WKYC-TV  and  USA TODAY , as well as  Romona's Kids on 19 News . Her inspirational story has since been shared on websites all over the world.