Waiting for Wings – A Powerful Voice for Breast Cancer Awareness
Posted Oct 13 2010 2:15am
Tonight I had one of the more moving experiences that I’ve been through in some time. I attended Lexington Medical Center’s annual Women’s Night Out fundraiser for the hospital’s cancer care fund. It is also a celebration of breast cancer survivors (many were among the 500 attendees) and their families. Heidi Marble, a breast cancer survivor and author was the featured speaker. I met Heidi earlier in the evening and liked her immediately. My impression at that time was that she was humble, kind and generous – but I was not sure she would be a powerful speaker. I would soon find out.
Let me tell you, her presentation was spectacular. She commanded the attention of everyone in the room. It was part drama, part tragedy and part comedy. And it was 100% real. She took us all on a journey – her journey battling an invasive form of breast cancer – and she brought it to life for us. I watched people in the audience laughing hysterically at times and then quietly wiping tears away moments later. It was a pleasure to be in the audience and share in the experience.
For those of you who may be looking for speakers in the future at cancer or women’s health related events, I would not hesitate to hire Heidi. Her website can be found at http://www.waitingforwings.com/ .
At the end of the evening I bought Heidi’s book which she was kind enough to sign for me. I also won a breast cancer awareness neck tie in the silent auction – the second year in a row I acquired a new tie at this event! Tonight I was wearing the pink ribbon tie I bought at last year’s event (Diane Katzman, Real Men Wear Pink).
This was a special evening and it truly impacted me. My sister Kerry has advanced ovarian cancer and has been battling it for three years. She’s already lived a year longer than they had projected. It has been an emotional journey for me as I’ve tried to support her from the other side of the country (She lives in California, I’m in North Carolina). I wish Kerry could have been here tonight to hear Heidi’s story.