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Breast cancer music festival kicks off in Trinidad and Tobago

The music of Trinidad and Tobago, which is full of rich and vibrant sounds, is now being used for a fantastic cause - breast cancer awareness.

According to The Trinidad Express, the Breast Cancer Music Festival will take place in the archipelagic state on October 31, 2010. The event is being coordinated by Alicia Powell, a local television personality and executive editor of Basia Magazine, who is also a survivor of the disease.

"Any breast cancer survivor would tell you no matter how good our doctors and medications are, outside of God himself, the people who give us the most hope are breast cancer survivors," she told the news outlet.

Powell launched the festivities last week with a star-studded concert, which was attended by former Miss Trinidad and Tobago and Miss Universe winner Wendy Fitzwilliam, as well as soca singer-songwriter Fay Ann Lyons-Alvarez.

The event will be the first live charity concert broadcast in the Caribbean, and all proceeds will go on to help breast cancer survivors get scans and reconstructive surgery.

The event may come just in the nick of time for the women of the small nation. According to the Pan American Health Organization, breast cancer rates in the country have been slowly increasing every year.ADNFCR-2795-ID-19852660-ADNFCR
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