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14th Breast Cancer Symposium – Unmasking breast cancer Featured

14th Breast Cancer Symposium – Unmasking breast cancer Photo by Adam Williams

The 14th annual Breast Cancer Symposium was held at Rivertown Community Church Tuesday night concluding a month-long breast cancer awareness drive by Jackson Hospital.  This year’s theme was “Unmasking Breast Cancer.’” 

Kathryn Jordan, Community and Staff Educator for Jackson Hospital, welcomed everyone to the event and thanked them for coming out to support such a deserving cause.  

The guests were served a light salad meal with accompaniments, and a dessert.  

The symposium featured three speakers from the medical field.  Dr. John J. Nanfro is a hematologist ad medical oncologist discussed how far breast cancer research has come in the last ten years with state-of-the-art medications and equipment.  Dr. Nanfro joined the staff at Jackson Hospital in 2016 and has been a valuable asset to the hospital and the community.  Dr. Richard (Rick) Brunner is a general surgeon and returned to Chipola Surgical & Medical Specialties this past year.  Brunner discussed the changes in breast cancer from diagnosis to treatment and recovery.  Emily Glogowski is a genetics consultant and is co-author of a chapter on hereditary cancer and genetics in the American Cancer Society textbook provided to physicians.  She works with counselors, physicians, and various healthcare providers through GeneDx teaching them about the uses of genetic testing.

Adding a personal note to the evening was Debbie Cloud, a cancer survivor.   Debbie is 12 years cancer free and told those attending that what got her through – and it wasn’t easy -- was the unbelievable support from family, her husband Larry, friends, co-workers, church family, and all the prayers.  Debbie says, “Prayer is very powerful.”  Now, twelve years after, Debbie says, “Life is good now; back to normal.”  With three grandchildren and retirement from full-time to substitute teaching, she has lots to live for and expects to grow to a certain old age.  Her life is full again because she took that first step to have that lump checked out.

The Triumph Award was presented by last year’s winner, Mrs. Edna Truett and Debbie Cloud to this year’s winner, Pam Hardy.  Hardy is a teacher at Golson Elementary School who was diagnosed with cancer in 2016.  She is currently cancer free and is a survivor! 

Following the informational part of the symposium, door prizes were drawn and given away with the top prize, a pink Kitchen Aid Mixer, going to Amanda Hamilton.  

Following the symposium, Jordan could not have been more pleased, “The 2017 turnout was tremendous. Jackson Hospital is proud to bring this annual educational program to our community for another year.  I have been elated to hear all the positive comments about this year’s program.”  

Director of public relations and marketing, Rosie Smith, was all smiles about the symposium and its growth this year, “We probably had 260 to attend and that is just great.  We are so excited about the turnout and the response to this event.” 

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