Event to raise money for Women’s Cancer Coalition

Pink will be everyone’s favorite color Oct. 18 when they attend the 10th Annual Pink Ribbon Affair in Dolores.

The annual event will feature a performance by retired history teacher and cancer survivor Dennis Seibel as Mark Twain, a fashion show, a silent auction and a all-American buffet.

The evening promises to be a fun one and will raise money for the Women’s Cancer Coalition.

“All money raised at this event stays here, locally,” said President of the Women’s Cancer Coalition, Sue Thompkins.

Money goes to help pay for cancer screenings and treatments to local women who can’t afford it.

For Dolores resident Lisa Springer, the event is so much more.

Four years ago, Springer discovered a lump in her breast. It turned out to be breast cancer. Now four years later, after months and months of painful treatments, Springer says she is happy to be a breast cancer survivor.

On Oct. 18, Springer will be surrounded by other survivors.

“There are so many people out there that have such amazing stories,” she said. “It is really life affirming.”

After Springer discovered a lump in her breast, she immediately went to a doctor who told her it was just a cyst. She didn’t let well enough alone and demanded it be removed, it was too painful.

“After surgery, they told me it was cancer,” she said. “If you are not confident with a diagnosis, get a second opinion.”

Springer is thankful for the Women’s Cancer Coalition

“When I was diagnosed, I didn’t have insurance. They helped me out so much,” she said. “It is also a great support system. It is nice to be with other people who have walked in your shoes.”

Springer said The Pink Ribbon Affair is a fun and uplifting event.

“Help support a local group that does so much,” she said. “It gives you a chance to see what real courage is.”

The local Women’s Cancer Coalition’s 10th Annual Pink Ribbon Affair on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. at the Dolores Community Center, 400 Riverside St. Spouses, families and friends are invited to attend this special evening that honors breast and all cancer survivors. In addition to Mark Twain, there will be an Americana-style show, an all-American buffet, a silent auction of great values, and fun door prizes. All proceeds from the $15 ticket assist Montezuma and Dolores County women with cancer screening.

Tickets will be available at the door.

If you have items to donate to the silent auction, please drop them off at Planned Parenthood in Cortez or call 882-4484 for pick up or for more information.