Hatters mad enough to fight cancer

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The 12th annual Mad Hatter's Tea breast cancer fundraiser presented $3,000 for patient services, mammograms for uninsured women and mobile clinics across Clallam County on Oct. 9.

The annual event was held at Sequim Community Church, 950 N. Fifth Ave.

Olympic Medical Center's Thomas Family Cancer Center in Sequim and Family Planning of Clallam County each received a check for $1,500

The tea's goal is to increase awareness as well as raise funds and to bring attention to the importance of early detection of breast cancer.

The tea party theme was carried into the hall with a display of tea cup sets donated in memory, or in honor, of persons touched by breast cancer.

Memory boards and photographs lined the back wall, and several video screens projected slide shows of last year's event.

Master of ceremonies Cheryl Coulter first asked women to stand who were breast cancer survivors of 30 years or more, ending with survivors of 1 year or less. She then asked women to stand who had a friend or relative diagnosed with breast cancer and almost no one was left in their seat.

Speakers included Liane McGarvie, Olympic Medical Center's patient relations manager, and longtime breast cancer survivor Kathy Wheeler. McGarvie spoke of the importance of support. She attended the tea with her mother, a breast cancer survivor. Wheeler shared her personal story of diagnosis, treatment and recovery.

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