By Jeff Noble / Staff writer
Rita Miracle remembers getting the first Brenda McKeehan Celebration of Life Award that was given by the Tri-County Cancer Coalition.
“That was back in 2008. I knew and worked with Brenda in the cancer coalition, and she was a cancer survivor. When she lost her battle with cancer a year earlier, they decided to honor Brenda’s memory with the award,” Miracle pointed out.
McKeehan worked at Baptist Regional Medical Center, and was a major contributor of her time and talents with the cancer coalition.
The Corbin-based non-profit organization provides vital services to help those afflicted with cancer, as well as their families, in Whitley, Knox and Laurel counties.
“When I got the award, I was also a cancer survivor, and was still bald at the time from treatments,” said Miracle, who works for the Knox County Health Department as disaster preparedness coordinator.
Who will get the Brenda McKeehan Award for this year? The answer will be Thursday night at the Tri-County Cancer Coalition’s annual Cancer Survivors Dinner, which Miracle said has been held for the last five years.
The dinner will be held Thursday from 6-9 p.m. at The Arena in Corbin. Originally held for breast cancer survivors, the event is now open for all cancer survivors.
“They have a wonderful dinner, which is free for cancer survivors and their families. They give away prizes and everyone has a lot of fun. All of us cancer survivors from Knox County plan to sit together as a group. The dinner gives some of our support group members a chance to talk with each other, and also share ideas and have good conversations. And it also gives us a chance to see who this year’s Brenda McKeehan Award winner will be,” Miracle said.
Among the sponsors for the dinner are the Southern Kentucky Area Health Education Center, BRMC and Saint Joseph-London. While the dinner is free to cancer survivors and their families, reservations must be made in order to attend.
To make reservations, or for more information, contact Anna Jones of the Southern Kentucky Area Health Education Center in London at 606-864-1432, Sonia Jackson at 606-330-6148, or Teresa Stump at 606-523-2414.
Reservations can also be made online at www.soahec.org/community_education.html.
By Jeff Noble / Staff writer
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