By Joseph McCain
The Winston County Journal
The annual Breast Cancer Awareness To Teach Ladies Early Detection (BATTLE) luncheon for 2013 will feature national speaker Dr. Beverly Ann McMillan.
Dr. McMillan, whose practice focuses on obstetrics and gynecology, will speak to an expected crowd of over 350 guests this Thursday, September 26. Dr. McMillan has practiced medicine for over 45 years. She is also an active volunteer in the state and her community. McMillan will provide pertinent information in the fight against cancer and other medical information.
The event will be held at Lake Tiak O’Khata beginning at noon. In addition to the featured speaker, a breast cancer survivor fashion show will be held and a personal story will be related about the impact of breast cancer.
Peggy Crawford, one of the volunteer leaders of the event and cofounder of the event, explained the purpose of BATTLE and the role it plays in cancer prevention.
“We aim to inform people on the best methods to fight breast cancer and support those who have dealt with the disease,” said Crawford.
The event was first initiated by Peggy Crawford and Glenda Gregory in 1999 and had a guest list of 28 during its first year. Last year, the Breast Cancer Awareness To Teach Ladies Early Detection luncheon catered to over 300 men and women.
Anyone interested in attending or survivors interested in participating in the fashion show should contact Crawford at 773-3696 or Gregory at 773-5531 or the extension office at 773-3091. Those wishing to sponsor the event should also contact Crawford or Gregory or the extension office. Persons wishing to purchase tickets may call also. Sponsorships are available to purchase tables or provide door prizes. Winston Medical Center once again will be a top sponsor of the event with the Mississippi State Extension Service providing the lead support role of the organization and setup of the event.