By Joseph McCain The Winston County Journal
For at least 19 years, the annual Breast Cancer Awareness To Teach Ladies Early Detection (BATTLE) luncheon has been the kickoff event for Breast Cancer Awareness month in October.
And once again the BATTLE luncheon kicked off the fight against breast cancer with the greatest weapon- knowledge.
Dr. Dwalia South brought the message on how to fight breast cancer through early detection and by getting the word out to all citizens. South has practiced medicine for over 30 years and is a survivor of a rare cancer in her saliva glands.
South compared cancer to terrorists and noted that each person in the room needed to be foot soldier in the fight against cancer by taking the information learned and giving to others.
South encouraged everyone to use self examines, physicians examines and mammography to catch cancer early and increase the chances of defeating it.
“Talk to your doctor but do also do your homework,” said South.
As an extra encouragement, the event featured a fashion show featuring 10 models whom all have beaten breast cancer.
The models were:Susan Clark- 17 year survivor, Jewel Dotson- three year survivor, Heather Evans – three year survivor, Virginia Martin- – thirty three year survivor, Carol McAdory- – thirteen year survivor, Kim Ming- 10 year survivor, Martha Dawn Parkes – 22 year survivor, Rita Tanksley- eleven year survivor, Rose Thompson – 25 year survivor, and Gwen Young – thirty three year survivor.
Sponsors were: Merle Burrage and Helen Webb, Mount Moriah M. B. Church, Mr. & Mrs. David Harrington, Mrs. Rosie Harris, Mr. W. A. Tayl;or, Mt. Olive Church of God in Christ, Mt. Sinai Baotist Church, New Zion Baptist Church, Nowell/Massey Funeral Home. Pilgrim Rest M. B. Church, Porter Funeral Home, Queen Ester Chapter #2, Sgt. Terry Waldrip, Sta Home, Steve & Lori Roberts, Steven C. Yarbrough, DMD, Tabor Drugs, TEMTCO Steel, Vowell Market Place #4, Walmart #183, Walter Coburn, Warner Construction, Wesley United Methodist Women, Winston County Farm Bureau, Winston County Farm Supply, Winston Medical Center. AARP #2859, Ard Medical Clinic, Babs Fulton & Will Hill, Beck Funeral Home, Bee Hive Homes of Louisville, Bethany Presbyterian Women, Beverly’s Basket & Gifts, Bullock Toyota, Center Ridge M.B. Church, Charley McCool’s Prescriptionx & Gifts, D & T Services, Inc, Dan’s Discount Drugs, Eichelberger-Hughes, Fair Oil Company, Inc, Friendship Baptist Church, FUMC Bible Study Class, FUMC United Methodist Women, GT Physical Therapy, Hampton Funeral Home, In Memory of Mary Ann Cannon Yarbrough, Johnnie & Maggie Jo Cook, Joseph Letteri, DMD, Lonely Valley CME Church, Louisville 24/7 Fitness Center, Louisville Bankers Association, Louisville Medical Associates, and Louisville Medical Supply.
The program was initiated by Peggy Crawford and Glenda Gregory in 1999 and had a guest list of 28 during its first year. This year, the Breast Cancer Awareness To Teach Ladies Early Detection luncheon catered to over 300 men and women. Two volunteers from each school in the county helped serve during the dinner.