POINT PLEASANT — The weather was perfect this past Saturday, for a walk…a walk to honor women who have beaten breast cancer.
The walk is sponsored by the Mason County Community Educational Outreach Service (CEOS) along with the Mason County Health Department.
The featured speaker was Stephanie Holley, a 12-year survivor. She recounted the emotions and challenges faced when a cancer is found. She had difficult decisions to make regarding surgery and treatment options. She endured three surgeries and treatment at Pleasant Valley Hospital and at James Cancer Center at The Ohio State University.
“Cancer has no age limit,” Holley remarked.
A cancer diagnosis affects not just the patient; it has a remarkable impact on the entire family and friends, she continued.
“I relied on her Lord and Savior; it will be alright, God has this,” she said.
Clinedda Austin, president of Mason County CEOS, presented the survivors with a pink carnation which was provided by Four Seasons Florist.
Austin recognized Marilyn Higginbotham as the longest survivor with a special gift. Higginbotham celebrates being a 25-year survivor and is also a member of CEOS. Anna Mae Keefer helped with the presentation.
John Bumgarner, pastor of the Union Charge offered the invocation followed by the ribbon cutting by all survivors and the walk.
Bottles of water were provided for the participants by the 4-H Teen Leaders.
Walkers returned to the Riverfront for refreshments and many door prizes which were provided by area businesses.
Those in attendance were given a goody bag as well as informational pamphlets.
Mary Jane Getty is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing.