Legal Assistant to Compete for Mrs. Pennsylvania Title
Sherri Xanthopoulous Russo, the current reigning Mrs. Collegeville and a legal assistant employed by Keenan, Ciccito and Associates for 13 years, has a very personal platform for her competition in the Mrs. Pennsylvania International Pageant. A thyroid cancer survivor, she is also using Facebook to raise thyroid cancer awareness:
It is my intention to encourage gynecologists to make this simple neck check part of their regular routine gynecological examinations. I intend to develop a brochure to be placed in OGBYN offices teaching women how to perform a neck check and encouraging them to do it as part of their regular self breast exams.
Contestants are judged on their interview skills and appearance, as well as evening gown and swimsuit competitions. The 2010 Mrs. Pennsylvania pageant will be held in York on May 29. Winners of the state pageants go on to the national competition in August.
Russo’s platform to raise thyroid cancer awareness is critical, with “the incidence of thyroid cancer in women rising faster than any other cancer
in the United States.” The Light of Life Foundation’s award-winning public service announcement “Check Your Neck”
is successfully raising public awareness.
According to The Light of Life Foundation, thyroid cancer is often diagnosed by patients themselves. About.com has a step-by-step article “How to Do a Thyroid Self-Check”.
Check your neck – and ask your doctor to as well.
Practical Paralegalism wishes Sherri X. Russo the best of luck in the upcoming 2010 Mrs. Pennsylvania Pageant. Regardless of the outcome, she’s a winner in our book.