Katherine Jeter, wearing a bike outfit, speaks at Uplifting Event

Uplifting Event 2017 raises $140,000 for mammography assistance

Messages of hope and perseverance were highlighted throughout the 2017 Uplifting Event luncheon, held on October 16 at the Spartanburg Marriott. The luncheon was sold out for the second straight year and raised nearly $140,000 to support the prevention and early detection of breast cancer.

Breast cancer survivor Anita Patel, one of two featured speakers, recounted the trauma of her diagnosis and the debilitating treatment she endured on the road to recovery. She spoke of the importance of willpower in the face of adversity and said she values the opportunity to provide hope and encouragement to others fighting cancer.

Katherine Jeter donned a cycling uniform to describe her adventures around the globe since beating cancer roughly a decade ago. From cycling cross-country to hiking Kilimanjaro to skiing in Colorado, Jeter, now in her late 70s has emerged from her battle stronger than ever. She urged the crowd of nearly 650 people to live every day to the fullest.

Co-chairs for the event were April Sloan and Louise Johnson. Sloan shared her perspectives as a survivor, and Johnson described the impact of losing a close friend to breast cancer.

 “It was truly inspiring to see so many people in our community come together to support mammography screening for women in need,” said Marisa Cecil, director of philanthropy with Spartanburg Regional Foundation. “This is such an important cause to me and to many others. We are very grateful for our sponsors, honorary co-chairs, featured speakers, and all who participated.”

The event also included a special surprise announcement – the establishment of the James D. Bearden Excellence in Breast Health Award and the naming of Bearden as its very first recipient. The award will honor caregivers and community leaders who, like Bearden, make extraordinary and impactful efforts in the fight against cancer.

“It’s an honor that was beyond my wildest dreams, and it was totally unexpected,” Bearden said, adding that he accepted the award on behalf of other caregivers at the Bearden-Josey Center for Breast Health.

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