Marveina Peters, a partner in Teresa Peters Executive Realtors, Inc., based in Inglewood, CA, is a committed foodie. She is equally dedicated to raising funds for the cure. She joins foodie Mark Alyn on Late Night Health to discuss the Susan G. Komen Los Angeles County Culinary Showdown.
She’s been known to travel great distances just to have a new food experience, like the time she went to Siem Reap, Cambodia, to enjoy Cuisine Wat Damnak, Khmer French infused pan fried Sandy fish filet and barbecued duck.
That’s why she was one of the first people to sign up to fundraiser for the event. It’s a unique event, complete with celebrity chefs, and October 22 is the first time ever it will be held in the United States. And Marveina is extending a challenge to all other business people to do the same.
She’s dedicated to raising funds for the cure due to the experience her then 26-year-old cousin, Alice Marshall, who was raised as a sister with Marveina, had with breast cancer. Alice became concerned about abnormalities in her breast in 2010 but her doctor refused to do a mammogram or biopsy because “she was only 26.” In 2013, after her breast began to leak blood, a biopsy was finally done. Alice was misdiagnosed with Stage Two breast cancer. It was actually Stage Three. Thankfully, after treatment, she’s alive and cancer free today.
This experience caused Marveina to be aware of the need for early detection and treatment where breast cancer is concerned. About the same time, she met Mark Pilon, Executive Director of Susan G. Komen Los Angeles County. Soon thereafter she joined the board and was just elected president of Susan G. Komen Los Angeles County. Her term began July 1.
So while Marveina has multiple strong personal reasons to be on stage competitively at the Culinary Showdown on October 22, she welcomes friendly competition from other business executives in Los Angeles. After all, it’s all for an important cause. More information at www.komenlacounty.org
air date: 7/22/16