A group of women eating lunch at the 2016 Uplifting Event Luncheon

“I would not wish cancer on anyone”

As a cancer survivor of 12 years, Katherine Jeter wouldn’t change her journey for anything.

"I wouldn't wish cancer on anyone,” Jeter said. “But I wouldn't trade the experience for anything."

Jeter will be sharing her story along with cancer survivor Anita Patel at this year’s Uplifting Event luncheon, held on October 16 and hosted by the Spartanburg Regional Foundation. The event brings together hundreds of women touched by breast cancer—empowering them to know their bodies and promote breast cancer screenings.

“Life after cancer is a new way of life, you become a different person,” Patel said. “My goal is to make a difference to new cancer patients and help them through their journey. Breast cancer survivors inspire me with their strength—they still survive and share their story.”

While offering messages of hope to a sold-out crowd of more than 600, the Uplifting Event also raises funds to ensure that women can access potentially life-saving mammograms.

“I lost my best friend to this disease two years ago,” said Uplifting Event co-chair Louise Johnson. “I am passionate about promoting early detection because I believe it can save your life. All women should listen to their bodies and be their own health advocates.”

Last year, 1,633 women accessed screenings thanks to the more than $140,000 raised through the 2016 event. Proceeds benefit the Bearden-Josey Center for Breast Health, which continues a long tradition of promoting breast cancer awareness, screening and support.

“Breast cancer remains the most common cancer impacting women,” said Kristy Caradori, executive director of Spartanburg Regional Foundation. “The Uplifting Event supports early detection, which saves lives. We are passionate about this cause and excited to host this premiere event empowering women and everyone who loves them.”         

This year’s Uplifting Event co-chairs are April Sloan and Louise Johnson. Speakers include breast cancer survivors Anita Patel and Katherine Jeter.

“Cancer doesn’t have a specific face,” April Sloan said. “It can affect anyone young or old. I want women to take precautions, participate in early detection screenings, know their bodies and not be ashamed to speak up for themselves. People hear the word ‘cancer’ and think it’s a death sentence; I don’t want people to think that. Cancer is beatable. And the reward is so much greater than the fight.”

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