When NBC’s “Today Show” celebrated Breast Cancer Awareness month on Oct. 1, a Pratt & Whitney employee was featured as one of the faces of “Pink Power.”
Cheryl Ash-Simpson, regional senior manager for International Trade Compliance for Pratt & Whitney Singapore, traveled thousands of miles to be a part of “The Pink Power Moment: Bald, Bold, Brave and Beautiful," a NBC-sponsored event for breast cancer survivors in New York.
“I saw the ‘People’ magazine ad featuring TV personality Joan Lunden and they said they were looking for people to participate. I submitted my information and they wanted some more details,” Ash-Simpson said. “They wanted to know if I could get there, and I said most certainly yes. They said come. I said I’ll be there.”
Ash-Simpson joined other survivors at the event, mingling with “Today Show” personalities.
After the event, while enjoying a coffee at Starbucks with other survivors, two other women joined them and asked, “Wasn’t it a wonderful event?” Ash-Simpson told them she traveled from Asia to be a part of it. One of them women quickly picked up the phone. Little did Ash-Simpson know, she was talking to a “Today Show” producer.
The “Today Show” conducted an interview with Ash-Simpson and her two supporters and recut the segment to include them.
“It was an awesome moment for survivors and for cancer patients to see that you can make it through the journey because you have a lot of survivors here who are thriving,” said Ash-Simpson.
The television appearance was just the latest step in the journey for Ash-Simpson, who was diagnosed with breast cancer five years ago. She is active in breast cancer awareness events in Singapore, and participated in the Pink Ribbon Walk on the weekend before she traveled to New York. She has also produced a personal documentary – “Sunshine, Noodles and Me” – to chronicle her recovery and to share her story with the world. The film will soon have its premiere in Los Angeles.
“I want people to see through my journey and through my testament the power of prayer, the power of positive thinking. That you can go through adversity and still come out on the other side smiling,” said Ash-Simpson. “We all just decide how we’re going to handle it. Everybody’s got the same denominator. We know what that is. But you can choose your numerator. And that becomes a positive attitude that can help you.”
Click here to watch the Today Show segment featuring Cheryl Ash-Simpson.