Author to speak at ‘Luncheon of Hope’

Press Release

The Rainy River District Breast Health Network is pleased to announce the upcoming “Luncheon of Hope” will take place Saturday, Oct. 22 at 11:30 a.m. at La Place Rendez-Vous.
Tickets cost $25 each, and are on sale now at Pharmasave, Shoppers Drug Mart, Emo Health Centre, Rainy River Health Centre, and La Verendrye Hospital, or by calling 274-4817.
Paid tables of eight will be reserved.
This year’s “Luncheon of Hope” will feature author and breast cancer survivor Diane Davies as the guest speaker.
Davies chronicled her journey with breast cancer in a book entitled, “From There to Here.” It is a true story of a 56-year-old woman diagnosed with breast cancer.
The journey that takes 302 days begins with the mammogram and diagnosis, then takes the reader through the decision-making, surgery, and recovery, as well as the reconstruction process.
Davies uses her honesty and wit to discuss many of the issues people are most afraid to talk about: anger, denial, fear, the loss of a breast, rejection, pain, advocacy, treatment, and reconstruction options.
She offers an insightful and creative transformation story that inspires hope and support for those facing a difficult situation.
A “downer” is turned into a spiritual gift for others.
Davies taught elementary school in Hastings, Mn. for 26 years. She is married to her husband, Butch, and has one grown daughter.
They continue to make their home in Hastings, along the bank of the St. Croix River, sharing their home with “Shady,” the dog, and “Shadow,” the cat.
Women of all ages from across the district are encouraged to come to this year’s “Luncheon of Hope.” Bring your mother, sister, daughter, friend, aunt, or niece to this inspirational afternoon of fun and fellowship.
“Tickets always sell very quickly for the luncheon so we hope those that want to attend don’t wait too long to get their tickets,” said Teresa Hazel, chair of the Rainy River District Breast Health Network.
This will be the 10th “Luncheon of Hope” hosted by the Rainy River District Breast Health Network, which features lunch, a guest speaker, giveaways, and lots of fun and laughter.
Women also will be treated to a demonstration of Zumba by Margitta McLeod, who is an instructor of this popular, party-atmosphere exercise.
The Network’s aim is to promote breast cancer prevention and awareness activities to women of all ages across Rainy River District.
“We continue to stress the importance of early detection as the best prevention, and also the need to practice total breast health,” explained Hazel.
Total breast health consists of three primary screening activities. One, be aware of your breasts, their size, and shape so you will notice any changes.
Two, have a clinical breast examination by a trained professional annually. And three, have mammograms as required.
“If breast cancer is found at an early stage, there is usually a better chance of successful treatment and more treatment options,” Hazel noted.
Network members invite all women to come out to this year’s “Luncheon of Hope” and support breast cancer prevention and awareness.
They also remind women to call 274-1900 and make their appointment for breast screening at the Riverside Breast Health Program.
For more information about this year’s “Luncheon of Hope” or about the Rainy River District Breast Health Network, call Shawn (274-4817) or Teresa (274-7299).