Published Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Roscoe Jenkins holds breast cancer awareness event

From Staff Reports

Roscoe Jenkins Funeral Home Inc. hosted its first annual “Pink Ribbon Event” for Breast Cancer Awareness on Tuesday, Oct. 23 in Newnan. Everyone was asked to wear something pink for the cause.

The event opened with a welcome by Octavia J. Mahone, a prayer by Reverend Yolanda Colton, a song – “His Eye is on the Sparrow,” presented by Minister Tony Johnson, and an introduction of the speaker by Linette Ward. Janet Beebe, president, founder and director of The Breast Cancer Survivors’ Network Inc. of Peachtree City, was the guest speaker.

The survivors network is a grassroots organization that provides free supplies, programs, and support services, such as referrals, educational programs for patients and communities, support groups, prayer, and spiritual support through its Pink Prayer Line and Pink Prayer Cards.

Janet Beebe is a two-time breast cancer survivor. She has been volunteering for the past 30 years for non-profits such as Susan G. Komen Foundations, The American Cancer Society, Bosom Buddies of GA, Georgia Cancer Foundation Coalition, and many others.

Beebe shared her story about how she first found out she had breast cancer while she was pregnant and then how difficult it was to get help and information. She shared breast cancer facts, the importance of early detection, paying attention to changes in your body, stay at a healthy weight, exercise, eat healthy, limiting alcohol and soy intake, staying away from tobacco, getting scheduled mammograms, and knowing your family history, etc.

Door prizes were also awarded.

In closing, Linette Ward asked everyone who attended to share the educational information they were given with their friends, co-workers, church members and their community, and also to buddy up with someone and remind them to self-exam regularly, and schedule a mammogram.

Pink refreshments were served. The event was very well attended.

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