|By Michaela Gibson Morris, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Tupelo|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
"I thank God it didn't take my life," said keynote speaker and breast cancer survivor
Sabari, who had a bilateral mastectomy after being diagnosed with cancer in both breasts at the age of 36, had the pink-clad crowd laughing and testifying with the story about her journey through breast cancer and into advocacy.
"We've got to love our own selves," said Sabari, who elected not to have reconstructive surgery or wear a prothesis.
His father had been diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer, and Turrentine talked about how he resisted going to the doctor when he knew something wasn't right in his own body. He, too, had breast cancer, but it was caught at Stage I, and surgery was able to remove it.
"It's time to be wise and go get checked out," said Turrentine, who urged both men and women to be proactive with their health.
The eighth annual pink ribbon lunch supports the
"It encouraged me," said Triplett, because she was surrounded by women who had survived 10 and 20 years. "I know I can do this. All these people are living through it."
With the money raised from the 2013 pink ribbon lunch, grants and other fundraising efforts, Sisters Network was able to connect more than 200 women without health insurance with mammograms.
Preliminary fundraising figures for Saturday's event were approaching
"It's been wonderful," of the increased support from the community and local churches, Derring said.
At Saturday's lunch,
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