Volunteers gear up for BATTLE Luncheon

By Joseph McCain

The Winston County Journal


The annual Breast Cancer Awareness To Teach Ladies Early Detection (BATTLE) luncheon is counting down the days and adding up the volunteers.

The event which is set for Thursday, September 26 will once again have two students from each high school in the county volunteer their time that day to help serve the expected over 350 guests.

Peggy Crawford, one of the volunteer leaders of the event and cofounder of the event, explained to the students at an informal student volunteer meeting 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.

Crawford also explained to the students how helpful their roles were in keeping the program running smoothly. The students while helping serve will also get a dose of education with information from the featured speaker.

This year’s event will feature Dr. Beverly Ann McMillan who has practiced medicine for over 25 years. She is also an active volunteer in the state and her community.

McMillan will provide pertinent information in the fight against cancer as well as entertain the expected over 350 person crowd.

This year’s event is set for Thursday, September 26 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.

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.

Student volunteers are Faith Coleman and Kimberly Halford of Grace; Madeleine Kirkpatrick of Winston Academy, Tracy Smith of Noxapater, Stephanie Hayes of Louisville, Destiny Worthy of Noxapater, Channing Parkes of Nanih Waiya, Ashley Luke of Nanih Waiya, Jordan Maury of Louisville and Ashlee Bane of Winston Academy.