Charge Up Survivors Conference & Pink Pajama Jam

Empower. Inspire. Educate … Don’t Forget to Celebrate

Charge Up Campaign Hosted Inaugural Survivors Conference and Pink Pajama Jam

for Cancer Survivors

June 5, 2018| Atlanta, GA – National Cancer Survivors Day was observed nationally Sunday, June 3, 2018. In honor of this day, Charge Up Campaign hosted its inaugural Survivors Conference and Pink Pajama Jam to celebrate cancer survivors. Both events were held Saturday, June 2, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia.

SurvivorsCon: Life After Cancer – A Rising of Support for Survivors and Caregivers was held at The Marke` Venue located at 1210 Fowler Street NW. The morning began with the Keynote address from Dr. April Speed, Breast Surgical Oncologist. Dr. Speed spoke about early detection, treatment and prevention. She instilled her mantra of “Treat it. Beat it. Move on”.

The conference featured three panels moderated by publicist and author Velma Trayham, CEO of Thinkzilla. The panel topics were: Health Living, Healthy Seasonings – Understanding Preventative Care and Nutrition; Money, Power and Insurance – Recognizing the Need for Resources in Minority Communities and Beauty Within – Uncovering Beauty and Mental Health Challenges. Panelists for the afternoon were: Dr. Bobby Price, plant-based pharmacist; Kathy Rucker, survivor and District Manager for CATO stores, Neal Scott, Marcus A. Arnold, Felicia Mahone, survivor, patient advocate and past 2016 Charge Up Survivor of the Year; Shaniqua Nicole, Ann-Marie Appiah, Painted Pink 4 Breast Cancer and 2017 Charge Up Organization honoree; Dr. Candice Cooper Lovett, Sarah Herring and Niya Brown Matthews, two-time survivor and founder of Too Fabulous for Cancer.

Panelists spoke about their experiences as survivors, providers and caregivers. Some of the questions addressed the disparities between public and private healthcare systems as well as education on the changes needed in diet, lifestyle and mental health to maintain a healthy life after cancer. Panelist Shaniqua Nicole provided tips on financial planning to prepare for such medical emergencies and long-term financial stability; Marcus Arnold provided insight on the differences in insurance policies and Dr. Bobby Price provided insights on natural remedies and understanding the differences in items such as alkaline versus alkalized water.

Upon completion of the panels, Charessa Sawyer, CEO and President of Charge Up Campaign, presented awards. Recognition was provided to Dr. April Speed, Oncologist of the Year; Niya Brown Matthews, Survivor of the Year and the Charge Up Campaign Pelican award was presented to Shakeema Bouyer for service to the organization. Following the awards ceremony, the Charge Up Campaigns 2018-19 Board Members were inducted into their roles.

After the empowerment, inspiration and education, survivors were celebrated at The Pink Pajama Party, presented by Universal Salon Suites. The private event was held at a luxury penthouse where invited guests enjoyed pampering treatments, gifts, raffles and karaoke. Makeup services were provided by HNM Glamspot and Frances Williams Makeup Artistry, facials by More Than a Pretty Face Skincare Boutique and massages from Boomshock Fitness. Light bites and desserts were provided Black Chefs Network and Sweet Shack Shoppe. Attendees also captured the party moments with a mirrored photobooth provided by FletchLab Photo Booth or posed in front a flower wall by Rent a Flower Wall Atlanta.

Additional sponsors for the day included: Cato Stores, Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula, Jason’s Deli, Einstein Bros Bagels, Chick Fil A, 2T Water , Coca Cola Atlanta, Cranium Photography, Glitz & Dazzle and PriceLess Events

Charge Up Campaign is excited to continue its purpose to empower, inspire, educate and celebrate. For more information about Charge Up Campaign or to become a supporter, email Tax deductible donations can be made via or by texting ‘Charge’ to 31996.


The Charge Up Campaign, a Georgia State recognized 501(c)3, was created by Charessa Sawyer after her own experience with being a caregiver for her mother, who is a breast cancer survivor. In line with the pillars of the organization; Empowering survivors, Inspiring warriors and Educating communities, it is Charessa’s goal to travel to each state to host Smile Sessions, Day of Celebration makeovers and educational events to provide tools and resources for life after cancer.


Charge Up Campaign Oncologist of the Year, Dr. April Speed| photo credit: Cranium photography

Charge Up Campaign Founder, Charessa Sawyer (l) and Survivor of the Year, Niya Brown Matthews (r)| photo credit: Ace Photos & Designs

Pink Pajama Jam guests | Photo credit: Ace Photos & Design