The Sumner County Family YMCA hosted its inaugural "From Discovery to Recovery" Breast Cancer Awareness luncheon at the First Baptist Church in Hendersonville, Sept. 26.
Timed to correspond with the October arrival of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the event provided an informative and inspiring exploration into the breast cancer cycle, from detection to post treatment recovery. The event was also planned as an outreach of the YMCA's After Breast Cancer (ABC) program, which is currently serving almost 50 women in Sumner County.
Following initial introductions by Sumner County Family YMCA Executive Director Kathy Raglin and YMCA Development Director Diana Pelham, the crowd of over 100 guests was able to learn about local breast cancer support resources from a panel of counseling and health care professionals moderated by local businesswoman Teri Nichole Harrison.
The panel consisted of Jason Gibson (Babb Center), Jenadi Talbott (Sumner County Family YMCA), Daveisha Moore (Sarah Cannon Cancer Center), Kelly Lawson (Hendersonville TriStar Medical Center), Lisette Laperriere (Sarah Cannon Cancer Center), Dr. Arthur LaPerriere, (Fitness Expert) and Lisa Grissom (Profiles Laser and Medical Aesthetics).
During their hour-long presentation, the panelists provided a wealth of information about cancer treatment and post-treatment support options available locally in and around Sumner County. They also stressed the importance of early screening and detection to improve the survivability of a breast cancer diagnosis. According to Lisette Laperrierre of the Sarah Cannon Cancer Center, "early detection and treatment can increase the breast cancer survival rate up to 99%".
Throughout the discussions, the panel repeatedly emphasized the point that breast cancer journeys are not solo events.
Jason Gibson, Babb Center executive director said, "Many local resources are available to help patients combat their loneliness by surrounding them with a community of survivors, counselors and health care professionals who understand their physical, mental and spiritual needs."
Near the end of the presentation, the panelists held frank discussions about the costs of cancer screening, treatment and post-treatment recovery. They emphasized that fears about the financial burden of cancer could be mitigated for many women due to grants and other resources provided to many local agencies, including the YMCA and the Babb Center.
The event was co-sponsored by Pinnacle Financial Partners and Profiles Laser and Medical Aesthetics.