Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Pink Celebration 2017

A Room Full of Pink
By Elmetra Patterson
Celebrating the lives of these cancer survivors

A Room Full of Pink
By Elmetra Patterson

The 3rd Annual Pink Celebration was a room full of pink - in fashions and d├ęcor which was held Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Lake Tiak O’Khata where over 150 women gathered to share their experience with breast cancer or to become more breast cancer aware. October is breast cancer awareness month. Along with having a wonderful breakfast, the group was greeted and the food was blessed by Dr. Benjamin A. Pittman, pastor of Mr. Moriah Baptist Church. Ira Burnside performed a solo and Brenda Miller performed a medley of songs with angelic voices. Jean Jimmerson, an RN from Baptist Memorial Hospital, Jackson, MS, was the speaker who spoke about the ABC’s of Breast Cancer. She emphasized the importance of mammograms and monthly self examinations.

      There were breast cancer stories of survivors by Juanita Hornsburger, Linda Peoples, Janice Combest and Pearlie Miller. All emphasized their struggles but also about how the process took them to a higher spiritual level. Pearlie Miller shared about how she uses the alkaline diet to help keep cancer away. She stated that an alkaline diet consist of mostly fruits and vegetables, soybeans and tofu, and some nuts, seeds, and legumes. She said, “Cancer does not like an alkaline body”. The Esters family from Jackson and Norma Young of the Renasant Bank, shared about the caregivers who, after the medical professionals, play the most important role in the cancer patients’ life.

      The celebration came to a close with door prizes and remarks by Joyce Hudson. Janice Turner ended by saying, “We must stand tall”. Many guest made donations that will be sent to the American Cancer Society.

All photos courtesy of Elmetra Patterson

Janice Turner with her family and caregivers from Jackson, MS.
Janice is a 30 year breast cancer survivor and founder of The Pink Celebration

Linda Peoples with Dr. Benjamin Pittman and Mrs. Pittman


The young children were features in the pink display by Ira Burnside
Speaker Registered Nurse, Jean Jimmerson