WAXAHACHIE — In a celebration of life and overcoming the difficulties of cancer, the Dinah Weable Breast Cancer Survivors nonprofit is hosting its 13th annual “Pink Ribbons and Hearts Luncheon” on Oct. 21.

With a mission to provide mammograms — free of charge — to uninsured women in Ellis County through avenues of The Hope Clinic and Baylor Scott and White Medical Center — Waxahachie, Weable notes the organization has helped over 1,000 residents since its inception.

“Over the last ten years, we’ve done just that for 1,008 women,” expressed Dinah Weable, President of the Dinah Weable Breast Cancer Survivors nonprofit. “And that averages to 100 women a year for a free mammogram.”

As explained in a previous Daily Light article, the 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.

Expecting invitations to go out this coming Friday, Weable invites the community, as well as, the nonprofit’s donors and survivors to attend the luncheon.

“The invitations go to breast cancer survivors that have attended in the past and those we’ve just gotten their names and addresses as our new survivors, as well as, all of our donors," Weable affirmed. "However, survivors who received an invitation are entitled to bring one guest with them at no charge."

“If others want to attend, who are not survivors or donors, they will have to get in touch with us on the committee and purchase a $20 ticket in order to attend,” she explained.

From its early beginnings 13 years ago of 150 people and rising ever since, Weable is confident this year’s turnout will be the best one yet, especially considering this year’s special guest speaker.

“Last year had about 265 people, and we’ve realized this year that we’ll probably have an even bigger crowd,” Weable insisted. “In 2016 Don Wilson spoke, and he was the only spouse of a survivor to speak.”

“And this year, we’re very excited to have Laura Miller, the former mayor of Dallas, who is coming and going to be our speaker,” she added. “I think that’s going to be really good, and a lot of people are going to want to attend to hear her story because she’s a two-time breast cancer survivor. So we’re very excited about that,” she added.”

Catered by Red Oak’s My Sisters Affair and held at the Family Life Center of Waxahachie’s First United Methodist Church, Weable explains what festivities are to be expected during the luncheon.

“We’ll also be giving some special prizes in specific categories, like, ‘longest survivor,’ and things like that,” Weable articulated. “And we’ll have some door prizes that all survivors are eligible to win, which they’ll receive a ticket with their nametag, and that will go into a bowl, and we’ll give those prizes away like that.”

In partnership for the luncheon for last ten years, Weable goes on to mention that the Waxahachie Fire Department will be selling shirts for $15 this Friday, Sept 22, in honor of the "Care enough to wear pink" campaign with proceeds benefiting Weable's nonprofit.

“The Waxahachie Fire Department has been a great partner to help raise money through the sales of their t-shirts. They are a tremendous help to us, and we’re so grateful to have their support,” Weable acknowledge.

As the luncheon nears closer with each passing week, Weable encourages those interested in attending and investing into a cause that's affecting Ellis County for the better.

“We always stress that every donation we get, every cent goes to pay for mammograms and that everything stays here in Ellis County. So we hope to see many at this year’s luncheon because it’s going to be a marvelous time,” Weable concluded.

The Pink Ribbons and Hearts Luncheon will be held on Saturday, Oct. 21, at 11 a.m. at the Family Life Center of First United Methodist Church on 505 West Marvin. To reserve tickets or for more information, call Dinah Weable at (972)- 938-3059.