The local chapter of the American Cancer Society held its annual “Blush & Bashful” party & fundraiser at a local restaurant Thursday, October 24. The Steel Magnolias themed event drew over 100 people to help create a world with more birthdays and to honor 5 local survivors. The attendees enjoyed drinks, hors d’ oeuvres and a silent auction of over 40 items. The audience also had an opportunity to enter a raffle to win a beautiful pearl necklace. The popular Kelli Roberts Band provided the evening’s entertainment.
Cancer survivors Chari Addison, Michael Cayer, Seth Freeman, Janette Graham Melton and Mindy Stokes were honored at a ceremony during the evening. Each honoree had a brief video presentation after which they were brought to the front of the stage and honored as a group. Their stories reflected the courage and resiliency of this special group of people. Not all of the stories were serious, however. Mindy Stokes related a story from her days as a young athlete. She was on her school’s basketball team and had worn a wig to hide the hair loss from treatment. She played a game without the wig, having thought more of her hair has grown back than was actually the case. Her opponents were afraid to guard her and she took extensive advantage of that reluctance. She told the audience that, had she known, she would never have worn her wig to a game!
The American Cancer Society provides over $417 million dollars each year to researchers looking for a cure for this insidious disease. They are the second largest funder for cancer research, behind only the federal government. The ACS also helps people in their battle against cancer assisting with lodging and transportation to treatments.
The Natchitoches Parish Journal is donating tonight’s photography. Copy protection is off and anyone may download any they wish. If you do download a photo, please consider a donation to the American Cancer Society.