First Lady Glenna Fletcher's Communications Office
First Lady Glenna Fletcher Hosts 10th Anniversary of the First Lady's Celebration of Hope

Press Release Date:  Monday, April 30, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

FRANKFORT, Ky. – First Lady Glenna Fletcher today spoke to hundreds of breast cancer survivors from across the Commonwealth at the 10th Anniversary of the First Lady’s Celebration of Hope at the Governor’s Mansion.

“For many women who come here, this is an opportunity to share their story with other women who truly know what they have gone through in their fight against breast cancer,” said First Lady Glenna Fletcher.  “I am honored to have the opportunity to work hand in hand with such courageous women in the battle against this disease.”

Governor Fletcher welcomed the attendees and spoke to them about the importance of continuing to raise awareness about breast cancer.

“The First Lady’s Celebration of Hope is a time for us to honor the women of Kentucky who have survived breast cancer as well as an opportunity to raise awareness of this disease,” said Governor Fletcher. “Glenna and I are committed to help increase awareness across Kentucky, and we embrace the courage of those in the battle to defeat this disease.”

In Kentucky, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths among women with approximately 3,200 new cases diagnosed in the state each year.  Consequently, more than 600 women die from breast cancer in Kentucky each year.  These statistics serve as motivation for women across the state who strive to increase breast cancer awareness and rally against the disease. 

Elmwood Inn Fine Teas served a cup of hope at this years tea with a new blend called Freear’s Hope, named after Freear Williams, office manager at the company and breast cancer survivor.  This blend of sencha green tea, ginger, lemongrass and orange peel added a personal touch to the event and was a hit among the ladies who attended.

“Minnie Pearl” impersonator Cindy Moore delivered another hit.  Trained by Sarah Cannon, the original “Minnie Pearl”, Moore uses her experience and talent as an opportunity to travel and speak to women across the nation to help raise awareness about the disease.  As a breast cancer survivor, Ms. Cannon devoted several years of her life to awareness and research.

The event provided more than entertainment and education as women shared personal stories with one another about their individual battle with breast cancer.  Some women have remained friends after meeting one another at this event in years past and look forward to reuniting each year.

No one left empty handed thanks to various sponsors and vendors and their generous donations.  Double ribbon sponsors for the event included the Kentucky Breast Cancer Coalition, UK Chandler Medical Center and the Kentucky Cancer Program/Brown Cancer Center.  Ball Homes, Pikeville Medical Center and St. Elizabeth Women’s Center were single ribbon sponsors.

“We can all do more to fight this battle.  As women, we have a responsibility to raise awareness about this disease so that future generations will not face the same statistics we do today,” said the First Lady.