By Maria-Jose Subiria
Women and men, who have survived breast cancer, and those who support the survivors, will come together this weekend, during a breast cancer awareness event in Lovejoy.
McNair Productions, a special events coordinator, is hosting the annual "PINK RIBBON" Breakfast, which will take place on Saturday, Oct. 16, from 9 a.m., to noon, at the Lovejoy Community Center, according to Kim McNair.
McNair said this is the second year the event is being held. "It was something that was so inspirational for the ladies," she said.
Space for the gathering, which is open to the public, is limited, and the registration deadline is Wednesday, Oct. 13, according to the McNair Productions web site -- www.mcnairproductions.com. The cost of the event is $15 per person.
McNair said the proceeds will benefit the Breast Cancer Survivors' Network, a non-profit organization in Peachtree City, with a mission to provide assistance, education and support services for breast cancer patients.
McNair said the event -- at the Lovejoy Community Center, located at 11622 Hastings Bridge Road in Lovejoy -- will include a full breakfast, giveaways, gift bags and a live performance by Genesis Moore, an American Idol contestant from the show's ninth season. Moore auditioned for the show in Atlanta, she added.
During the "Celebration of Life" portion of the event, all breast cancer survivors will receive a flower, and three survivors will share their stories, said McNair.
She said that last year, survivors were creative and used poetry or comedy to tell their stories, and she's hopeful this year's survivors will be innovative as well.
"They [individuals] hear it's cancer, and they think it's over, and it's not ... They just need that support," said McNair about the purpose of the event.
McNair said the gathering will also honor a breast cancer survivor, and a supporter, who has made a significant impact in the community. They will receive the PINK Ribbon Spirit Award.
The award is a framed certificate from the City of Lovejoy, specifically created for the event, which includes the city's seal and the signature of Lovejoy Mayor Joe Murphy, she said.
The honorees are Dr. Davis Timbert, founder and president of Southern Crescent Breast Specialists, P.C., and Lesley Hudson, a breast cancer survivor, McNair said.
Timbert said he is honored to receive the award. "I think it's very satisfying and gratifying that the community has recognized the practice [Southern Crescent Breast Specialists, P.C.]," said Timbert, whose office is located at 7823 Spivey Station Blvd., Suite 200, Jonesboro.
The doctor said his practice specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer and breast-related diseases. The practice was founded in 2003, and it operates under the belief that decreasing the time between detection and diagnosis is the best advantage in beating the disease.
Survivor Lesley Hudson, the event's second honoree, said she learned she had breast cancer at age 39, in May 2006. Hudson said she came home from work, and noticed there were specs on her white brassiere. While examining herself, she noticed she was discharging blood.
"Nobody in my family has had breast cancer, so I wasn't considered high risk," she said. The survivor said she scheduled a doctor's appointment, where she underwent a variety of tests, including a biopsy. The results were positive for breast cancer, she said. "Being diagnosed was an actual blessing, because it gave me time to get closer to God," said Hudson.
She said the cancer had spread throughout the entire breast, which had to be removed. "The day of the surgery, I felt so much at peace," said Hudson. "I felt I was held in the bosom of God."
For more information about the "PINK RIBBON" Breakfast, visit the McNair Productions web site -- www.mcnairproductions.com.