Cancer survivors attend 3rd annual dinner

Submitted by Barb McKown

The 3rd Annual All-Cancer Survivor Dinner was held Thursday, October 25. The dinner was sponsored by Women First, a collaborative group dedicated to promoting cancer awareness.

There was a celebration theme to this year's event, with participants receiving party favors. The room was brightly decorated with balloons and bright colors. There were 19 cancer survivors with 19 guests attending this year's event.

Emcee for this year's event was Barb McKown of Minnie Hamilton Health System. Following a delicious meal catered by the Pleasant Hill CEOS, a program targeting colon cancer awareness was presented by Shelli May of the American Cancer Society. The survivor spotlight for 2007 was Jeanette Tingler, who shared her heroic journey through her path of treatment.

Each survivor attending was recognized with a certificate stating, "In celebration of your bravery in winning the war against cancer."

The survivor for the longest number of years was Phyllis Hashman, who is a survivor of over 30 years. Phyllis and her husband Darrell were also celebrating their 53rd wedding anniversary. Congratulations to them both. After the survivors were seated, each guest was asked to stand and be recognized as caregivers, family, friends and loved ones. The ceremony was concluded with the song "Celebration" because the ladies of Women First believe you should celebrate every minute of life.

The Women First Committee would like to thank everyone who made the 3rd Annual All-Cancer Survivor Dinner a huge success including: Minnie Hamilton Health System, Calhoun County Committee on Aging, WV Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program, American Cancer Society, Pleasant Hill CEOS, Friends of MHHS, Red Hat Society, Northern WV Rural Health Education Center, survivors and volunteers.

Harriett Dial (L) of WVBCCSP and Lutricia Valentine
holding an awareness ribbon cake made by Lutricia