As many of us know and acknowledge, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As a reporter, I have had the opportunity to write two news stories about two local women who have gone through breast cancer battles, in the person of Wendi Waugh, and Evangeline (Evon) Parker.
Talking with with these women, and hearing about their journey has awakened an even stronger commitment to pray for women, and men who are also diagnosed with this disease that affects so many, not only in our local area, but the world at large.
What courage, and faith it must take to confront the disease of cancer, or to be told that you will have to undergo a radical mastectomy. Though I have not experienced it personally, one thing I do know, is that God provides the strength, physical, mental, and emotional strength that is needed to get a person through cancer struggles, or any struggle in life, for that matter.
I commend Southern, Ohio Medical Center, and Wendi Waugh for their launching of the annual ‘Paint It Pink Campaign’ they host each year during the month of October, in order to raise funds to help cancer patients. I commend our community, local businesses, organizations, families, and individuals that purchase the ‘Paint It Pink’ T-shirts, offering their support.
Our Publisher Hope Comer, here at The Daily Times and The Community Common made a great contribution to the cause by purchasing T-shirts for the employees here, and had those of us who were available, to gather for a group photo in our T-shirts.
This is something that my family does each year, but it was nice to take part with fellow workers here at PDT. If perhaps, you are reading this column, and have been diagnosed with breast cancer, I want to say to you — never give up, have faith in God. Though the month of October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, may we all lean in, and see what else we can do beyond the month of October to help with the cause. Perhaps it is to continue to donate funds, or volunteer time at a local cancer center, or drive someone with cancer to a doctor’s appointment? No matter what the concerted effort, I am sure it will be appreciated. May God bless our continued efforts.
Reach Portia Williams at 740-464-3862, or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.