American Cancer Society hosts local 100th birthday party

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Dynamic and inspiring ... that is how I would describe May 22, when the American Cancer Society celebrated its 100th birthday with a special party.

Held at the Fort Worth office, this party had some very special attendees.

First off was a warm welcome by Maria Clark, regional vice-president. Then came four speakers who spoke on specific topics.

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price delivered a humorous message on the importance of staying well.

She spoke about how exercise and a healthy diet (even though she did admit to having a few adult libations every so often) were her keys and gave a recommendation to everyone to stay fit.

Southlake’s own Fran Hover, who also serves as a Tarrant County board member for the American Cancer Society, spoke next and shared her personal battle fighting cancer.

She told the crowd of just under 100 attendees about her diagnosis and treatment with a drug that had shown success that had just become available four months prior to her diagnosis.

Hover said the drug had been “sitting on a shelf” but lacked the $500,000 funding to get it to the market. She said the American Cancer Society funded the drug and that is the reason she believes she is alive today. Needless to say, that brought cheers from the audience and a few tears as well.

Dr. Robert Cluck, Arlington mayor, echoed the importance of finding a cure and shared how several of his friends and family had lost their battle to cancer.

Dr. Trina Willis, another cancer survivor, closed out the festivities by sharing how her faith, her attitude and the American Cancer Society were her reasons for being eight years cancer free.

At that point, the choir from the Calvary Temple Community Church entered the room and in a “tent revival” style chorus entertained and revved up everyone. It was a birthday party worthy of such a great organization.

Happy birthday American Cancer Society. In celebrating you, we celebrate the lives you have changed!

Another Silver Award troop

Last week, I told you about a group of outstanding young Girl Scouts from the Lake Trails Service Unit that includes Girl Scout troops in Southlake, Westlake, Trophy Club and Colleyville, and is a part of the Girl Scouts of Texas-Oklahoma Plains.

But I left out one group of girls.

In addition to the other award winners, Troop 4044 also was awarded the Silver Award. The troop made 600 reusable tote bags out of old T-shirts to be used at GRACE’s Christmas Cottage and the Tarrant County Food Bank. With a suggested minimum time commitment of 50 hours, this award gives girls the chance to show that they are leaders who are organized, determined and dedicated to improving their community.

The recipients were Sarah Venesky, Melissa Stevko, Madeleine Louviere, Amanda Beeck, Austin Wahl, Maggie Holm and Taylor Tornow, led by troop leader Nancy Holm.

Each and every one of you are truly amazing in my eyes! Congratulations!

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