She became an icon in the '70s with her depiction of powerful feminine characters in cult classics such as "Coffy" and "Foxy Brown."
Award-winning actress, best selling author, and cancer survivor Pam Grier was the recipient of the Champion of Challenge Award Aug. 7, 2010 at the Wellness Community’s annual celebration in downtown Los Angeles.
An award which honors cancer survivors, and also those who have fought valiantly, but lost their battle, Grier, a stage-five cancer survivor, lost her sister and best friend singer Minnie Riverton to cancer, talked about her ongoing battle with the disease.
"Your life hits a wall," said Grier, who was also signing copies of her newly published memoir, ‘Foxy: My Life in Three Acts.’ “When people ask me what I want to be known as my legacy, I tell them that I survived cancer. I was given a second life. There's nothing more important than your health. And you should always maintain balance in your life, which I share in my book" Foxy: My Life in Three Acts.
With musical performances from the British recording group Loose Ends, other celebrities in attendance at this worthwhile event included actress Camille Winbush, Councilman Bernard Parks and actor Keith David who hosted the ceremony.
The Wellness Community - West Los Angeles (TWC-WLA) is the founding facility of the largest cancer support organization worldwide. Celebrating its 28th anniversary this year, their programs include support groups and social activities for people with cancer & caregivers. With African Americans having the highest death rate and shortest survival of any racial and ethnic group in the US for most cancers, the mission of The Wellness Community-West Los Angeles is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community.