Founder of Spring Bling Think Pink: Joanne English-Rollieson
Over the years, I have been known as the “Realtor to the Stars”, moving many celebrities, sports figures and entertainers to New Jersey. Although I am still active in my business, I have had some life changing events occur which caused me to now include some celebratory and philanthropic community activities to help me and support others with similar life challenges.
I was diagnosed with stage 3B Hodgkins Lymphoma 30 years ago and then stage 2B Breast Cancer in 2005. Chemotherapy, radiation, loss of hair, loss of appetite, doctors, medicine and death staring me in the face twice….. But I only saw one thing…”LIFE”.
As a survivor and community activist, I am now on a mission to bring an awareness to the community, celebrate life and let people know that cancer does not have to be a death sentence. I am walking testimony! Every May since 2007, with the support of my husband Ronald Rollieson, I give an annual Breast Cancer fundraiser event at our home in Englewood Cliffs, NJ to educate people about the disease and to celebrate life.
The event is called “Spring Bling Think Pink”. Cancer can truly take a toll on the mind, body and spirit, however, I chose to take that negative energy and turn it into something positive by uplifting and supporting others with the disease. As a two time cancer survivor, I believe God spared my life so that I can make a difference in the lives of others. As long as I live, I will continue to make a positive impact, bring an awareness to the community, promote early detection, and promote healthy living by hosting this annual event. All proceeds are donated to cancer support organizations.