2010-09-30 / Community News

Eighth Annual Surviving & Thriving Luncheon

In honor of breast cancer awareness month, Suddenlink Communications and St. Joseph Regional Health Center will present the 8th Annual Surviving and Thriving Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser and Luncheon. The Surviving and Thriving event is Tuesday, October 5 at the College Station Hilton. The luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m. and tickets are $40 each.

Proceeds benefit St. Joseph Cancer Services and the American Cancer Society Brazos Valley. Since its inception, Surviving and Thriving has raised $248,034 dollars to provide lifesaving equipment and quality-of-life services in the Brazos Valley in the last seven years.

This year’s guest speaker is Becky Olson, who is known for her wide spectrum of talents. As a three-time breast cancer survivor, Becky took her situation and turned it into something positive. In 2000, she co-founded a nonprofit called Breast Friends dedicated to helping women in their fight against breast cancer. She also wrote the book, “The Hat that Saved my Life,” a humorous and inspirational look at surviving breast cancer. Becky continues to encourage her audiences to look for the blessings in adversity, find happiness and share it with others, don’t wait for “someday” to do what you love, and most importantly, don’t forget to laugh.

In addition, Erin Fleener, M.D. oncologist with the Cancer Clinic and St. Joseph Cancer Center, will update guests on advances in breast cancer and cancer care in the Brazos Valley.

Major sponsors for this year’s event include Varsity Ford and The Matthews Group. Numerous additional sponsors have helped to make this event a continued success. Committee co-chairs for this year’s luncheon are Reba Ragsdale and Patricia Gerling.

In addition to the luncheon, the Surviving & Thriving committee is launching Paint the Town Pink. We’re partnering with local vendors to give back even more for the fight against breast cancer. Our partners have committed to donating a portion of their sales in some form to our cause.

For event information or to register, visit to www.survivingandthriving.org or call 979-731-1231.

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