NBC10 Boston traffic anchor and philanthropist Natasha Verma appeared in two local events this past weekend, with one hitting especially close to home.
On Saturday, Verma was a judge for the Miss Pink Pageant at Danversport Yacht Club, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting families affected by breast cancer. As a cancer survivor herself, Verma said the event was one full of emotions for her.
"It was an emotional evening listening to the stories of 11 women whose lives were changed with three words: you have cancer," she said. "One day we will have a cure, but until then, it’s beautiful to see families come together in support and love."
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Verma, who is more than a year into remission, said judging the Miss Pink Pageant was an especially memorable honor for her.
The pageant contestants were breast cancer survivors. Erin O'Malley, radio host for Mix 104.1 was crowned the winner on Saturday.
The day before, the traffic anchor emceed the Vino is Life event.
The Friday event was hosted by VINOvations, which benefits the Verma Foundation. The wine and food tasting included a live cooking demonstration by Food Network Chef Kevin Des Chenes.
"It was exciting to connect with the community while sampling fine wines and food made by chefs here in New England," Verma said. "Ten percent of the proceeds benefitted the Verma Foundation, a nonprofit I started after my personal battle with cancer."
The Verma Foundation’s mission is to #PutACapOnCancer by providing free real hair cap wigs to women and children battling cancer.