This article is part of a series to promote the 36th annual Waynesboro Area Gala Cancer Auction Saturday, April 22, in Green Grove Gardens in Shady Grove. The theme is “Star Light, Star Bright, We Wish Upon A Cure Tonight.” The silent auction starts at 4 p.m. and the oral bidding gets underway at 5:30 p.m. To donate, call auction chair Jill Kessler at 717-729-8887 or Lori Blubaugh, chair of the silent table committee, 717-977-0414.
There's a lot of ugly things that we are protected from by living in a close-knit, rural community such as Franklin County.
Cancer is not one of them.
The PA Breast Cancer Coalition will bring its photo exhibit, "67 Women, 67 Counties: Facing Breast Cancer in Pennsylvania" to Chambersburg.
The one-of- a-kind exhibit funded by the state Department of Health features women from each of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties, along with photos and quotes about how their lives have been impacted by breast cancer. These survivors share their messages and show how breast cancer has not only affected them, but the lives of families and communities statewide. The exhibit also promotes the importance of early detection and screenings for women.
"I am so honored to be a part of this photo exhibit, portrayed alongside so many courageous and strong women. I hope that my story can encourage someone else who has just been diagnosed, or who has been touched by someone who has been affected by breast cancer," said Molly Lutton, Franklin County photo exhibit participant. "When we receive this diagnosis, we feel alone and scared. I love being on a wall surrounded by beautiful women because I know that I'm not alone. I hope other women see this exhibit and say ‘that's my friend, my sister, my daughter, or me, going through that exact same thing right now, I know and understand how that feels.’"
"The exhibit shows strong and courageous fighters," said Karlee Brown, Summit Health spokesperson. "We are extremely proud to be able to work with PBCC and the Cumberland Valley Breast Care Alliance to bring this exhibit to Franklin County."
PBCC President and Founder Pat Halpin-Murphy encourages residents of Franklin County to attend this empowering exhibit. “Those featured in the photo exhibit demonstrate the courage and bravery needed to fight this disease. They are more than just women, they are mothers, wives, aunts, sisters, daughters and friends,” said Halpin-Murphy. “We are excited to bring this powerful message to Franklin County as we honor all of the women and families who are facing breast cancer in Pennsylvania.”
The PA Breast Cancer Coalition is a 501(c)3 organization that represents, supports and serves breast cancer survivors and their families in Pennsylvania through educational programming, legislative advocacy and breast cancer research grants.
The PBCC is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to "finding a cure now … so our daughters won’t have to."
The free exhibit will be on display for public viewing from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., April 28 through May 6 at Rhonda Brake Shreiner Women’s Center, 757 Norland Ave., Chambersburg. For more information, call 800-377- 8828 or visit www.PABreastCancer.org.
To help survivors like Lutton and other cancer fighters and survivors, support the 36th annual Waynesboro Area Gala Cancer Auction Saturday, April 22, in Green Grove Gardens in Shady Grove. The theme is “Star Light, Star Bright, We Wish Upon A Cure Tonight.” The silent auction starts at 4 p.m. and the oral bidding gets underway at 5:30 p.m.
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