Are you an Ellis County breast cancer Survivor?

If so, please be our guest at the seventh annual Dinah Weable Breast Cancer Survivors Event – our “Pink Ribbons and Hearts Luncheon” – at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, in the Family Life Center of First Methodist Church at 505 W. Marvin in Waxahachie.

If you have a friend a family member or someone you know who is a breast cancer patient or survivor, please tell them about the luncheon. Have them call to be added to our invitation mailing list.  

Reservations are required and must be made by no later than Friday, Sept. 23. Please call Diann Wilson at 972-937-4602 before the registration deadline.

The “Dinah Weable Breast Cancer Survivors Event” was conceived in 2004 by Ray Weable as a meaningful way to honor his wife, Dinah, for the courage and positive attitude she maintained throughout her successful fight against breast cancer.

Ray had also marveled at her excitement and pleasure after attending a Dallas luncheon celebrating several hundred breast cancer survivors and their collective victories. From that experience came his idea of such a luncheon in Waxahachie. So Ray took it on himself to organize and personally host the first breast cancer survivors’ celebration luncheon honoring Dinah Weable.

It was an immediate success and by the second year Ray’s survivors celebration luncheon attendance had reached about 50 survivor guests.

Attendance at the sixth luncheon exceeded 150.

First-time attendees will find this event is a survivors’ celebration of life and victory and a very uplifting and fun occasion.

After the second year’s luncheon, several survivors and spouses offered to assist Ray and Dinah and a small volunteer committee was created. This group ultimately determined that in addition to the role of celebrating and honoring breast cancer survivors at the luncheon each year a second mission should also be established for the annual event.

Members of this committee were aware of an unmet breast cancer screening need in Waxahachie and Ellis County.

There are a number of women not following doctors’ recommendations for a screening mammogram due to lack of insurance coverage or the ability to pay for mammograms themselves.

Funding of medically recommended initial mammograms for those without insurance or the ability to pay became an additional and  ongoing fundraising mission for the annual “Survivor’s Celebration (luncheon) Event.”

During the year leading up to the third annual luncheon, the “Dinah Weable Breast Cancer Survivors Event” was formally organized. A 501(c) 3 designation was also received from the IRS and an agreement was reached with Hope Clinic in Waxahachie to provide the necessary medical and financial eligibility screening of women referred for screening mammograms and to notify the committee of mammograms needing funding.

Thanks to the generosity and support of our underwriters and sponsors, since this mechanism was put into place, the “Dinah Weable Breast Cancer Survivor’s Luncheon,” through July 2011, has funded 364 screening mammograms. – mammograms that otherwise would not have been done.