BATTLE planning begins

By Joseph McCain The Winston County Journal

A BATTLE plan to save lives began in earnest this week as the core group of planners for the annual Breast Cancer Awareness To Teach Ladies Early Detection (BATTLE) begin putting in motion its 2012 plans.

This year’s event is set for Thursday, September 27 at noon in the Lake Tiak-O’Khata dining area. The program was 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.

This year, Crawford, Gregory and other committee members hope once again to draw the maximum number of attendees for the space at Lake Tiak-O’Khata.

“This is one of the largest nonprofit events put on in Winston County,” said Crawford which gives much support to the event.

Crawford noted that while the day is a wonderful chance to fellowship with community members that the educational part and promoting early detection is key to the event. The only funds raised for the event is to pay for the day of food, fun and fellowship according to Crawford. Teaching the women of Winston County early detection methods has been Crawford’s and Gregory’s goal since the inception of the BATTLE luncheon

This year’s featured speaker will be Ripley’s Dr. Dwalia South who is an author and has been practicing medicine for over 30 years.

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.