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Archive for Friday, May 1, 1998

TEA TO POUR FUNDING INTO CANCER SCREENINGS

May 1, 1998

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A memorial tea Saturday will help raise money for breast cancer screening and education.

Pin on a pink ribbon and take high tea to support free breast cancer screening.

Breast Cancer Action Inc. is hosting the Betsy Beisecker Memorial Tea at 2 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church, 946 Vt.

The tea will help raise money for breast cancer screening and education. The event will include food, music and a speaker.

Sister Ann Celine, nun from the Sisters of St. Joseph order in Wichita, she will speak on ``The Healing Power of Laughter.''

``She is very funny and motivational. Very uplifting,'' Christina Selk, the group's program coordinator, said. ``She is one of those charismatic people that just captures your attention. She really makes you think about being healthy and well.''

The tea is sponsored by Brits, Bay Leaf and Fifi's Restaurant.

Women from the Panhellenic Assn. at Kansas University will serve the tea. The menu includes coffee, Irish tea, lemonade, tea cakes, scones, finger sandwiches and tarts.

Alto Laura Weissert will perform. There will be drawings for free mammograms and door prizes.

``Our goal is to have women remind each other ... that early detection is the best way to prevent breast cancer,'' Selk said.

Breast Cancer Action Inc. is a group of Douglas County breast cancer survivors and health professionals. The group formed three years ago to promote breast cancer health education and give support to patients. It provides free screening and education through a Kansas Breast and Cervical Cancer Initiative grant. The screening clinics are offered through social service agencies and churches, but the group will make arrangements by request. It also sponsors a breast cancer support group for survivors and their families at 5:30 a.m. Mondays at the Presbyterian Manor chapel.

``Our goal is to demystify breast health screening, to make it less scary,'' Selk said.

Analee ``Betsy'' Beisecker was a professor of preventative medicine at Kansas University. She was a breast cancer patient.

Beisecker died of cancer last fall. She was 54.

The proceeds of the tea will help offer free screenings and outreach in Northeast Kansas. Tickets are $12.50 in advance or $15 at the door. For more information, call 331-3130 or 1-888-339-3130.

-- Felicia Haynes' phone message number is 832-7173. Her e-mail address is fhaynes@ljworld.com.

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