WILLIAMSON – October is commonly recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but one local civic group is getting at early start with a pancake breakfast on Saturday, Sept. 26.
For more than 20 years, the GFWC-WV Williamson Woman’s Club has partnered with the Mingo County Health Department to sponsor Breast Cancer Awareness Day the first Monday in each October. This year’s event will be Oct. 5. As a fundraiser to accompany Breast Cancer Awareness Day, the Woman’s club is planning a pancake breakfast at the Tug Valley Inn, located at 106 W. Second Avenue in Williamson. Proceeds from the pancake breakfast will benefit the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Fund.
“Breast cancer is personal for the Williamson Woman’s Club,” said its president, Leigh Ann Ray. “Several of our members are breast cancer survivors and we have lost several members to this disease. It became personal for me when two of my aunts were diagnosed with breast cancer in the past two years. One of my aunts is in remission, the other passed away in July. The members of our club want to help as many women as possible with early detection and diagnosis.”
Tickets for the pancake breakfast are $5 each. Ticket holders will receive their choice of homemade plain or blueberry pancakes with their choice of bacon or sausage. Ticket holders can also choose to dine in or carry out between the 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. Tickets are available from Woman’s Club members or by contacting Ray at 606-794-3564.
“We hope the community will come enjoy pancakes with us and help uninsured and underinsured women receive the preventative screenings they need to maintain their health,” Ray said.