Breast cancer survivors in Northwest Georgia are encouraged to write their story, including when they were diagnosed, their treatment timeline, support system, how they feel today, and any advice and encouragement they can offer to others facing the same battle.
“Redmond Regional Medical Center began this program with the intent to encourage survivors to share their stories of hope and inspiration with others,” said Wanda Whitten, director of community relations at Redmond.
Other sponsors are Cartersville Medical Center’s Hope Center, as well as Polk Medical Center.
“The Hope Center and Cartersville Medical Center feel that the Surviving to Share program is a vital part of our effort to help educate the community on the importance of cancer screenings, while at the same time allowing those who have breast cancer to express their experience and emotions as well as letting people know you can beat this and these women are evidence of that truth,” said Jennifer A. Wiggins, director of marketing and public relations for the two hospitals.
Participants are asked to submit a candid photo of themselves and their families. Three winners and three honorable mentions will be selected. Winners and a guest will receive a two night getaway package to the Barnsley Gardens in Adairsville.
The deadline to enter is Sept. 21. Winners will be announced a banquet at Coosa Country Club on Thursday, Oct. 15 that will honor all participants. Those who entered their stories last year, but were not chosen as one of the three winners, are encouraged to enter the contest again this year.
This annual event is held in recognition of breast cancer awareness month.
Entry forms are available at Redmond Regional, Polk Medical Center, The Hope Center, Cartersville Medical Center, WRGA and online at www.redmondregional.com under news and events. For additional information, contact Wanda Whitten at 706-802-3924 or Lisa Brown at 706-802-3732.