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Posted April 20, 2012 | Leave a comment
Events honor breast cancer survivors
By Josette Keelor -- firstname.lastname@example.org
FRONT ROYAL -- Long before Thursday's Pink Ribbon Luncheon in Warren County, event coordinators knew it was going to be big -- so big, in fact, that they split it into two events -- for the first time offering a Pink Ribbon Dinner the previous night.
The two events honor breast cancer survivors and thank those who have donated to the Winchester Medical Center Foundation, with an evening or an afternoon of good food, inspiring speakers and raffle prizes.
Dawn Funkhouser of Edinburg has been a part of the event since it started six years ago. Now herself a breast cancer survivor, she said she views the two-part event in a different light.
She's in remission now, following a mastectomy and months of chemotherapy and radiation. "I started in June and ... the last radiation I finished at the end of December."
"It's a great event, you know, it's a lot of fun and it's for a great cause," Funkhouser said.
The foundation has accepted $11.7 millon in donations since 2004, Kathy Nerangis, secretary of the foundation's board, said in opening remarks.
"We've supported a number of camps as well," Pilong said.
When recognizing Talley, Shannon Gemma, co-chair of the event, said "I don't know what we would have done without her. She kept us on task. ... She was our tireless leader."
Gemma and co-chair Jane Vickers presented Dr. Anita Minghini with a Survivor's Choice Award before welcoming keynote speaker, author Kim Carlos George, a recovering attorney and community activist -- "and more importantly," Vickers said, "a survivor."
When she was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 30, George already had been through treatments with friends -- women in their 20s.
She said part of her cause is "Proving that life does go on after cancer."
George remembered one friend telling her, "'Went out for a wig and came back with this,' and it was a white mustang convertible."
"It's living in the moment," George said. Survival also is about knowing your limits and admitting when you need help, she said.
"Realizing that sometimes we don't have control," she said. "Realizing that life is about uncertainty. It's sometimes a hard lesson, I mean it's that roller coaster of life that we all go through."
"It made me value each and every day," George said. "Just let it go and live in the moment, and that's what I continue to try to do."
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