Just a little more than a month remains before arguably the largest, most wildly popular luncheon in Parker County, celebrates its 10th anniversary.
On October 9, organizers with the Pink Luncheon will celebrate a milestone, marking a decade of helping residents in Parker County receive needed mammograms, biopsies and screenings. The funds generated from the luncheon benefit the Parker County Health Foundation. It’s from there that uninsured, or under insured, or simply those who could not otherwise afford screenings, receive the needed breast care services.
For the first time the luncheon will feature a duo for speakers, a moving story of Heidi Marble in search of her birth mother, in search answers to questions about her life. When she found her mother - she found cancer - and a sister...
(Her story at right)
“That’s only part of the story attendees will hear,” Evon Markum, Pink Luncheon Volunteer Coordinator said. “The luncheon has many parts, but its main function is raising dollars all of which stay in Parker County to assist women with screenings.”
Markum said she’s thankful to all the volunteers that make the event happen every year, including New River Fellowship Church, Zonta Club of Weatherford, Parker County Sheriff’s Posse, New River Ladies Ministry, and gentlemen host.
“Every attendee enjoys the speaker during the luncheon, an Ultimate Cupcake, and a Pink Luncheon signature bag filled with items provided by table sponsors,” Markum added.
The first Pink Luncheon was in 2006, with guest speaker Suzie Humphreys. Many guest speakers have taken the stage since the inaugural lunch, some cancer survivors, others touched by cancer through family members.
Some of the more notable speakers through the years have included Linda Armstrong Kelly, Author; Anne Barab, Jenine Turner, Actor and Author; LaDonna Gatlin, singer and Author; Leslie Mouton, News Anchor San Antonio; Jill Conley, Survivor and Jill’s Wish Foundation; Betty Buckley, Broadway Star and Singer.
The luncheon is co-emceed by Karen Borta, of KTVT and Brent Baker, of Weatherford College.
The event will take place again at New River Fellowship Church in Hudson Oaks. Please visit www.pinkluncheon.com for table sponsorships and individual tickets.
SKIN TIGHT GENES- By Heidi Marble
Outside an array of bone piercing wind, swirling snowflakes and houses tightly shut set the scene. To make it more ironic, it was News Year’s Eve 1999 (a perfect night for closure).
The phone rang a few times before I could find it, with a hurried "hello," I heard the words that I never thought I would hear "We have found your birth mother." My Arizona Supreme Court Intermediary was on the line. She had been working on unlocking the mystery of my past for six months. My private adoption was finalized before I was born. The fact was never hidden; however my curiosity about the circumstances surrounding my relinquishment could no longer be contained. The desire to "find out" was further amplified after giving birth to my son.
I needed to know how the story began; what nationality was I? Why was I given up? What about health issues? So many questions that just would never rest. Now, I stood on the precipice of knowing; suspended in zero gravity.
My original intention was to have my intermediary provide all of the information without any contact. So much for intentions...her next utterance was "Your birth mother has breast cancer and wants to meet you." Great!!!! I then asked the intermediary if I might be able to start with a phone conversation with my birth mother....she said, "She is waiting if you would like to call her now.”
My hands were shaking as I dialed the phone pressing each button in slow motion. Marti Jo (birth mom) picked up on the first ring and I could not believe how infiltrating my curiosity was. Immediately, she expressed her willingness to answer and all of my questions. Soon thereafter she propelled me into another life-changing moment. "You have a sister who was born 13 months after you and you have a brother."
WHAT? Okay, we can establish that fertility isn't an issue! A sister, I have always wanted a Sister!