After experiencing how breast cancer affected a close family friend, Alexandra Baker-Brown began a local effort to raise awareness through the use of organic products grown on her family's lavender farm in the Santa Ynez Valley.
Proceeds from the sale of these products go directly to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, which marks National Breast Cancer Awareness Month every October.
Since the program began in 1985, mammography rates have more than doubled for women age 50 and older, and breast cancer deaths have declined.
"I've learned that the key to reducing the chances of getting breast cancer is to be well informed about it. Proceeds from this product will go towards educating women about breast cancer, as well as helping sponsor research for a cure," said Baker-Brown, a [then] junior at Santa Ynez High School.
For more information, call (805) 693-0611.
PHOTO CAPTION: Alexandra Baker-Brown, a Santa Ynez High School student, holds a basket of lavender grown on her family's farm. Proceeds from the sales of her organically grown products go directly to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.