The Dinah Weable Breast Cancer Survivors Committee recently announced that Dr. Valerie Gorman will be the keynote speaker at the 14th annual Pink Ribbons and Hearts Luncheon.

The luncheon, which honors breast cancer survivors and their guests, will be held Saturday, Oct. 6 at First United Methodist Church’s Family Life Center, located at 505 West Marvin.

“We are very pleased that Dr. Gorman has agreed to speak to this year’s celebration of survival,” Dinah Weable stated. “She has served as a surgeon in Waxahachie for fourteen years, and she will share both her knowledge and her compassion with our attendees.”

Gorman specializes in breast surgery and is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Waxahachie.

“It is an honor for me to be invited to share with women and men who have traveled the journey from breast cancer diagnosis to survivorship,” Gorman said. “This is always a life-changing experience, a journey that involves many different emotions. I hope sharing my knowledge of the new treatments and procedures with the survivors will not only enlighten them but provide strength and encouragement to those in attendance.”

Gorman emphasized the importance of having the Sammons Cancer Center’s presence in the local hospital.

“This is such an advantage to be able to go from diagnosis to treatment to becoming a survivor all in our local hospital setting,” Gorman stated.

The Dinah Weable Breast Cancer Survivors Committee continues to provide mammograms at no cost to uninsured and underinsured women in Ellis County. The Hope Clinic continues to be the referral service through their local clinic, and all mammograms are done at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center. To date, more than 1100 mammograms have benefited those in need for the past 11 years.