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Miss Teen Texas International 2009
Dymond Hayes

On March 22, 2009, Dymond Hayes captured the title of Miss Teen Texas International and gained a broader horizon from which to share her platform, “Make an Impact, Breast Cancer Awareness”!  This 18 year old is an incoming freshman at Spelman College where she will pursue dual degrees in English and Communication with a focus in Broadcast Journalism.

Having lost both grandmothers to breast cancer and with her mother’s breast cancer diagnosis in 2003, Dymond faced a challenge bigger than anything she had ever experienced.  She decided to seek out community groups and see how she could assist in the fight against breast cancer.  According to Dymond, “It started with a team of 10 of my closest friends raising money in the walk for a cure and through this experience I met many community leaders who helped me to speak to local groups and encourage women to seek early detection.  Throughout my community involvement I recruited members for my team, always shooting for a record donation greater than my previous efforts.”

Looking for creative ways to raise money to help patients, Dymond developed programs such as "Cancer Cheer", and "Chemo Cold Treats". Currently, her team has raised over $25,000 since her mother’s diagnosis in 2003.  She also aspires to write a book for children who have a family member suffering from cancer. 
As Miss Teen Texas, Dymond speaks to educate women on early detection, but most rewarding is "being able to put a smile on a patient’s face".  "Together we can put an end to this terrible disease and make the journey full of hope."