Cancer survivors were honored last Thursday by the American Cancer Society and its volunteers at the Cedarbrook Country Club. The dinner featured door prizes, a keynote address, and reflections on personal journeys from families battling cancer.
Keynote speaker Lisa Bottomley, mission delivery director for western North Carolina for the ACS, disclosed that she’s a nine year survivor of cancer.
“I was fortunate to get through the treatment, but ever since I had cancer, I knew that I was going to spend the rest of my life trying to prevent it,” said Bottomley.
Being a survivor, Bottomley stressed the importance about showing others how to fight back against the disease.
“We’re probably best capable to leading the fight against cancer because we’ve all gone through it,” Bottomley indicated to the standing room only crowd. “We are honored. Our lives are celebrated, but it’s vital that we all give back.”
Angie Wagoner, community income manager for the American Cancer Society, thanked survivor organizer Shannon Stone and Fairfield Inn Manager Michael Wilson, both of whom helped organize the dinner.
“We are so appreciative of the work they’ve done,” said Wagoner.
“Brenda Walker and Michael were also kind enough to get door prizes, which makes the dinner fun and even more exciting,” she said. “We are so thankful to our sponsors too, like the Fairfield Inn, PVH, Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital, and many other sponsors.
“What you’re seeing tonight are not only cancer survivors, but their caregivers too,” said Wagoner. “There’s nothing better than coming together in celebration, sharing a meal, and moving forward.”
Wilson, who also served as the master of ceremonies for the dinner, put his thumbs up at one point and said, “We’re all in this together. Everyone knows we’re all family, like Zimmerman.”
Wilson pulled in Zim Zimmerman of Cedarbrook Country Club, and acknowledged that the country club donated all of the space for the dinner.
“We wouldn’t have it any other way,” said Zimmerman. “We also have the local Boy Scout troop volunteering to help pass out meals. Our place is home for you all.”
The next venue for the American Cancer Society is its Relay for Life event on May 3 at Elkin High School. The walk begins at 6 p.m.
“All we ask is that you come and join the event and help us raise money for cancer research,” continued Wagoner. “Lots of times teams come and set up tents and sell things as vendors. Our goal is $50,800, and we are at $23,000 right now. We are a little behind, but we are making progress.”
Corporations may help by purchasing mission signs for the relay. Signs are going for $100 each.
“The signs line the track at the relay. There’s nothing like continuously seeing the name of a company who supports fighting cancer,” said Wagoner.
If you would like to help the American Cancer Society, follow updated information on www.relayforlife.org/surryfoothillsnc.
“I’ll take calls too. Anyone can call my cell phone at 276-728-8030,” said Wagoner.
Reach Anthony Gonzalez at 336-835-1513 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.