Carin Schoppmeyer: Komen Celebrates Survivors
Pink Ribbon Lunch
Who: Susan G. Komen Arkansas
What: “The luncheon celebrates those who have survived breast cancer, honors those living with metastatic breast cancer, and honors those who have lost their battle with this disease.”
When: March 17
Where: Northwest Arkansas Convention Center in Springdale
Next: More Than Pink Walk, October 8
Information: (918) 221-8069 or komenarkansas.org
Pink clothes decisively won out over green on St. Patrick’s Day at the Susan G. Komen Arkansas Pink Ribbon Luncheon on March 17 at the Northwest Arkansas Convention Center in Springdale. The organizers say: “The luncheon celebrates those who have survived breast cancer, honors those living with metastatic breast cancer and honors those who have lost their battle with this disease.
Silvia Gomez, 28, shared with lunch guests her journey through breast cancer beginning with being diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer at the age of 25. resisted, and I’m still fighting.” Gomez said his mammogram saved his life and thanked Komen’s funders for their support, saying, “Everyone needs to be educated with the research and information provided by Susan G. Komen. Remember, cancer does not discriminate.”
Shari Holdman, Executive Director of the State, spoke to guests about Komen’s “new direct patient care services available to residents of Northwest Arkansas, including Komen’s Treatment Assistance Program, which provides financial support to eligible patients to help with childcare, utilities, or medication during treatment.”
The lunch also included the presentation of the 2022 BigWigs who pledged to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer while wearing a hot pink wig. BigWigs’ fundraising efforts may include bake sales, garage sales, boutique sales, silent auctions, or other methods.
The 2022 BigWigs are:
• Alex Howland — owner and founder of Alex Victoria Events;
• Melanie McKane — Property Manager/Senior Broker of Crye-Leike;
• Juli McWhorter — Executive Director of Willow Creek Women’s Hospital; and
• Tammy Quick — Owner of Partygras Party Rental.
Mark your calendars for the More than Pink Walk set on October 8.
Those who rallied in support of Komen included Gaye Cypert, Connie Williams, Johnelle Hunt, Debbie Evans, Barbara Freeman, Cathy Gordon, Catherine May, DeLinda Mace, Michael Flick, Jessica Sloan, Tyra Bowen, Frances Silva, Jenna Johnston, Roberta Billingsley , Janet Hendren, Marla Nelson, Jennifer Allison, Megan Brown, Rikki Manen, Leslie Redmon, Brie Madden, America Villagran and Shari Holdman, CEO of Komen Arkansas.
For more event photos — nwadg.com/photos/society.
Columnist Carin Schoppmeyer can be reached by email at [email protected]