Breast Cancer Survivors Book Debut Reception Aug. 28
Monday, August 8, 2011 at 9:19PM
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A group of breast cancer survivors from the Anderson area have collected their stories into a new book that will be launched at a reception at the Cancer Association of Anderson on Sunday, Aug. 28 at 3 p.m.

This is the fourth version of the breast cancer survivors’ story book to be published in association with the 1 in 8 Breast Cancer Support Group. Called simply “The Pink Book,” it contains 18 stories about diagnosis, treatment and survivorship, along with information about resources to help newly diagnosed breast cancer survivors in the community. 

The books will be given at no charge to new breast cancer patients by physicians’ offices, hospital staff and the Cancer Association. The printing was sponsored by Anderson Radiology, which is also sponsoring the reception. Copies of the book may be purchased by others for $1.50 each.

The women were diagnosed as recently as a year ago, though long-time survivors are also included in the book. Contributors include Kristin Palmer Williams, diagnosed at age 41, who is featured on the cover of the book in a touching photograph by Tracy Todd. In it, Mrs. Williams’ husband Butch is kissing her head, made bald by chemotherapy.

“We tried to present a range of stories from women diagnosed with different types of breast cancer, at different stages, at different ages and who received different treatment protocols,” said Kathryn Smith, executive director of the Cancer Association. “We want almost any woman who receives the book to find a story and a survivor she can identify with.” 

Also at the reception, the Carolina Lily quilt block on the Verandah of the Cancer Association will be unveiled. The block is the latest addition to the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail, a collection of wooden panels painted to resemble quilts and quilt blocks displayed on buildings in Oconee, Pickens and Anderson counties. The Carolina Lily was painted by Kathryn Smith, Lisa Hyatt and Linda Harral, using a real quilt block made by Ms. Smith as its inspiration. 

The panels can be viewed on barns, buildings and residencies and are part of a national trail of such “quilts.” For information on the upstate locations, go to www.uhqt.org. 

The Pink Sunday reception is open to the public. For information, contact Kathryn Smith at 222-3500.

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