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Seniors celebrate breast cancer awareness

Photo by Heather Middleton

Photo by Heather Middleton

By Maria-Jose Subiria

msubiria@news-daily.com

There were seniors galore at the Frank Bailey Senior Center, in Riverdale, where members and employees celebrated breast cancer awareness month.

Both men and women at the center were in a celebratory mood, Tuesday, wearing pink from head to toe, during a free event organized as part of the breast cancer awareness activities, which are highlighted during the month of October.

Clayton County Senior Services celebrated "Think Pink Day," on Tuesday, at not just the Frank Bailey Senior Center, but at others, including the J. Charley Griswell Senior Center, and the Shelnutt Inter-Generational Center and Aging Services.

Marquita Bundrage, administrative secretary for Clayton County Senior Services,

said the agency chose to hold the event on Tuesday, because it coordinated well with the Senior Services central staff, as well as staff members at the local centers.

Bundrage said seniors were able to enjoy cookies, cake and pink lemonade during the festivities. Through raffle tickets, they also received prizes, such as a pink-ribbon candle dish, and a gift set containing beauty products, she said.

"A lot of the seniors here are breast cancer survivors, as [I am] myself ... so, it's special to a lot of people here," added Debbie Stanley, program coordinator at the Frank Bailey Senior Center.

For 67-year-old Bob Kimbrough, a member at the center, the event is meaningful because he has lost loved ones to breast cancer. "It's a very serious disease," he added.

Member, Fred Lewis, 70, said he attended because his wife is an 11-year breast cancer survivor. "Hey, it feels great," said Lewis about his wife overcoming the battle with breast cancer. "It wasn't great going through it."

Lewis said he won a handbag with a breast cancer symbol on it, which was full of goodies, such as a pink visor, tissue and candy.

"I am going to give it to her," he said, as he chuckled, while holding the bag.

Alice Canon, 57, said she was surprised and happy that more men participated in the event this year to support breast cancer awareness.

"It's because we are the strong sensitive type," joked 62-year-old Leland Scott, who is Canon's fiance.

Canon said that about four years ago, her niece, who was 28 years old at the time, was diagnosed with breast cancer, but eventually defeated the disease.

She said because of the close encounter her niece experienced with the disease, she keeps up with her own breast health.

"In fact, I have my mammogram on Friday," she added.