Carin Schoppmeyer: Komen Celebrates Survivors

In short

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]

Shari Holdman, Executive Director of Komen Ozark (center) stands with BigWigs Alex Howland (left) and Juli McWhorter at the Pink Ribbon Luncheon. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
photo Connie Williams (left) and Gaye Cypert, founding members of the Ozark Pink Ribbon Luncheon committee, attend the 2022 luncheon on March 17. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
photo DeLinda Mace (left to right), Catherine May, Johnelle Hunt, Cathy Gordon and Barbara Freeman help support Komen Arkansas at the Pink Ribbon Luncheon. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
photo Roberta Billingsley (left to right), Janet Hendren, Marla Nelson and Jennifer Allison stand for a photo during the Komen luncheon. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
photo Megan Brown (left to right), Rikki Manen, Leslie Redmon, Komen Arkansas BigWig Alex Howland, Brie Madden and America Villagran reunite at the Pink Ribbon Luncheon. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
photo Juli McWhorter (left to right), Michael Flick, Jessica Sloan and Tyra Bowen attend the Pink Ribbon Luncheon. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
photo Frances Silva (left) and Jenna Johnston attend Komen’s luncheon on March 17. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
photo Debbie Evans (left) and Johnelle Hunt visit the Pink Ribbon Luncheon. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)

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