From staff reports
Winston County’s BATTLE Luncheon was held September 26 at Lake Tiak O’Khata. The event included lunch, door prizes, special speakers, and a fashion revue.
Peggy Crawford welcomed everyone to the luncheon. She stated that “staging this event is not the work of one person. It takes approximately fifty people working together. Mike Skipper and his staff worked tirelessly gathering resources. Our partner, Glenda Gregory, was unable to attend today, but she has been a valuable asset- working behind the scenes for over two months. Brenda Keen’s flower arrangements are beautiful and Stacey Harrison had a delightful survivor fashion show. Robert Higginbotham is prepared for any event and the students have come early and stayed late.”
Mayor Will Hill was also there in attendance stating that so many he knew had been touched by breast cancer.
Robert Higginbotham distributed the 30 or more door prizes that were donated by many Winston County businesses.
One of the special guest speakers for the luncheon was Dr. Beverly McMillan. Dr. McMillan is a Tennessee native, but has been in private practice in Mississippi for over 35 years. She is a breast cancer survivor. Dr. McMillan stated the there are over 190,000 cases of breast cancer diagnosed each year. She also stated that there are about 2,000 cases of breast cancer diagnosed in men each year.
Dr. McMillan explained how she felt when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She stated that it was like being seated on a four legged stool with an umbrella. The four legs of the stool stood for education, treatment, knowledge, and will power. She stated that even though she was an obstetrician/gynecologist, she had not been having an annual mammogram.
Dr. McMillan stated that yearly mammograms are the key to early detection. She said the she knew about her family history of breast cancer so the diagnosis did not come as shock to her. This gave her the will power to get through her treatments which included a double mastectomy and plastic surgeries.
Dr. McMillan stated that the umbrella was prayer. She voiced how “God is our divine physician and nothing is impossible with God.”
Dr. McMillan ended with a prayer for Dr. Crawford.
Beth Rawls also a cancer survivor followed Dr. McMillan’s speech with one entitled Hope. Beth was diagnosed with cancer on May 30, 2012. She gave much gratitude to her family, friends, and especially her husband for helping her win the battle against breast cancer.
Beth stated that her sister had just recently died of cancer and that her mother had died breast cancer. She and her other sister are cancer survivors.
Beth recently completed a 100 mile bike ride in honor and memory of cancer survivors.
Following the very informative speakers was the fashion show hosted by Stacey Harrison. Models were Barbara Howell, Neishell Jordan, Carol McAdory, Kim Ming, Martha Dawn Parkes, Beth Rawls, Rose Thompson, and Mary Jane Wylie. They all wore clothes furnished by CATO, Fashion Boutique, Stevens of Mendenhall, Something Special, Midnight Velvet, WalMart, and B. Davis Shoes.
Mike Skipper closed the program with a word of thanks to Peggy Crawford.
BATTLE stands for breast cancer awareness to teach ladies early detection. The BATTLE luncheon was sponsored by the Winston County Extension Service, the MS Academy of Family Physicians, and Winston Medical Center.