Luncheon of hope

In a continuing effort to promote breast cancer awareness, the Rainy River District Breast Health Network is holding its biennial “Luncheon of Hope” this Saturday at La Place Rendez-Vous here.
And tickets are going fast, said co-organizer and nurse examiner Sandy McKinnon.
“It’s always very popular,” she noted Monday. “We have ladies calling up at the last minute seeing if there’s any tickets left.”
Tickets, which cost $20 each, can be purchased at Gagné Pharmacy, Pharmasave, and the Emo and Rainy River Health Centres, or from Teresa Hazel (274-4803) or Sandy Beadle (274-4802).
The luncheon gets underway at 11:30 a.m. with a mix-and-mingle, followed by the meal at 12:30 p.m. Guest speaker will be Linda Buchan, a breast cancer survivor from Thunder Bay.
“Women of all ages–mothers, daughters, sisters, girlfriends–are affected by breast cancer and this brings us together,” noted McKinnon.
Some displays dealing with breast health also will be on hand at the luncheon, including a set of X-rays showing the difference between healthy breast tissue and one with cancer.
“This event is a big push to get women involved in the Rainy River District Breast Health Network,” said McKinnon.
Door prizes donated by local businesses also will be raffled off.
In related news, the Fort Frances unit of the Canadian Cancer Society will not be holding its annual candlelight service this year, said president Linda Hamil-ton.
“We’re alternating this year with the ‘Luncheon of Hope,’” she noted Friday. “The candlelight service is a very nice thing to have and we’ll do it again.”
Hamilton added the popular service, which has been called a “celebration of the lives of those who survived cancer and a remembrance of lives lost,” likely will continue on a biennial basis.
But the local CCS unit is planning the annual “Spirit of Christ-mas,” which is slated Sunday, Nov. 25 at 6 p.m. at La Place Rendez-Vous.
The silent auction fundraiser once again will feature a myriad of Christmas crafts, art, and other items created and/or donated by district residents and businesses, with proceeds going to the cancer society.
For more information, call Ham-ilton (274-8782) or Elsie Cameron (274-3518).