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Allyn Rose, 24, is no stranger to the pageant world having won her current title of Miss District of Columbia 2012 as well as being the first Miss Sinergy and Miss Maryland USA 2011.
During her competitions she always gave a voice to breast cancer prevention which was a personal fate of hers. When Rose was just 16 years old, she lost her mother to breast cancer. She has also recently announced that she will undergo a preventative surgery preforming a double mastectomy. Rose said her mother’s own decision not to remove both breasts is what ultimately took her life.
The pageant winner is the carrier of a gene that she says has a 75 percent chance of causing breast cancer in women who carry it. She goes on further to state that almost all of the women in her family have passed away from the disease. Only three years away from the age her mother was first diagnosed, Rose has looked to fellow Marylander and breast cancer survivor Giuliana Rancic for inspiration and, like Rancic, plans to use this experience to educate others. ”Breasts don’t define your life. I’m choosing life over beauty,” she said.
Rose will be representing D.C. in the Miss America 2013 pageant and states that her surgery will take place in January 2014 if she wins the crown. If she loses, she will schedule the surgery for next June.
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