BY MELANIE BUCK –
Amber Brewer has announced the second annual Melanoma Awareness & Prevention Program Pageant (M.A.P.P.) will be held Saturday, April 4, at The Crossing Center in Mena. The pageant benefits Relay for Life’s Glow Worms team and all proceeds will be used to find a cure for all cancers.
Amber Brewer was diagnosed with Melanoma at age twenty-two. She said it was shocking and scary, but Amber was always at peace with it. She said she knew everything would work out as God had planned because she knew he had plans for her that she didn’t even know about yet.
The Melanoma Awareness and Prevention program was created by Amber after thinking of the best way to spread the word about Melanoma to raise people’s awareness and hopefully prevent what Amber has gone through. M.A.P.P is presented anywhere from school classrooms to community clubs/organizations.
Amber has used her experience with her Melanoma diagnosis to go out and make others aware of the dangers of using tanning beds; how to properly take precautions while out in the sun to protect their skin and hopefully avoid skin cancer; show people it’s okay to be fair skinned because that is how God made them; and educate people on their skin type so they know how vulnerable they are to the sun’s rays. She encourages everyone to “choose to own their skin’s natural glow.”
The 2015 Queens and King will join Amber for public appearances promoting M.A.P.P., parades, and pageant coaching during their year of reign. Age divisions are: Tiny Miss, 0-2 years old; Little Miss, 3-5 years old; Petite Miss, 6-9 years old; Junior Miss, 10-12 years old; Teen Miss, 13-15 years old; Miss, 16-21 years old; and Ms., any age married, divorced, or has kids. There will also be a Little Mister division for boys 0-5 years old. Prizes include crown, ribbon sash, and prize bags.
The entry fee for the pageant is $35 and contestants will compete only in Beauty. The deadline to enter is March 31. Registration the day of the pageant is at 12 p.m. with the pageant following at 2 p.m. For more information, call 479-243-5083. Amber will hold a sign up night on March 31, at The Fair Lady, 609 Mena Street, from 5 pm to 7 pm. Forms can be picked up there anytime.
Amber is currently Miss Polk County International 2015 and will compete on April 19, for Miss Arkansas International. If she wins, Amber said, “I will have a huge platform to be able to take the Melanoma Awareness and Prevention Program statewide.”