by MATTHEW NASH
Walking onto the stage to address 200 smiling faces and some silly hats, Victoria Jazwic said she found a sense of hope come over her at the Mad Hatter’s Tea on Friday, Oct. 12.
With more than 25 cancer survivors in attendance, the 15th annual event gathered cancer support groups and leaders like Jazwic, friends, hiking groups and golfing buddies at Sunland Golf & Country Club to continue a community of support.
“It’s not primarily a fundraiser, but about celebrating survivors, honoring women living with cancer and educating women about early detection,” said mistress of ceremonies Jan Kummet.
The event started as a small gathering of friends to support Jan Chatfield following her cancer treatment in 1998 and has grown dramatically to raise tens of thousands of dollars for cancer charities and programs.
“It refreshes people’s awareness,” said Christie Wilson, a member of OMC’s Women Inspiring Nurturing Giving Support group. “It’s great camaraderie for me and it inspires survival.”
Jazwic, WINGS’ facilitator, spoke about shifting from fear to love while building courage.
“Living with cancer is one of the hardest journeys we experience,” she said. “Sometimes the greatest gift is just being.”
She encouraged people to support those afflicted with cancer’s medical decisions and ask how to help them.
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