The Breast Cancer Support Society, Segamat Leads the Way Celebrating Life! – 15 Dec 2007
By Maria Kinson, Vice President, BCSS Segamat
On 15 December 2007, the Breast Cancer Support Society (BCSS) of Segamat held a dinner & dance especially for survivors as well as their caregivers and all their members. The theme for the event was “Celebration of Life”.
The 250 guests were entertained throughout the night by survivors and their kin who took part in the karaoke competition after a special message from Dr Evelyn Ho was shown. Every participant went back a winner and with a gladness in their hearts for as Lim Ah Cheng, a survivor, puts it, “I am very happy tonight for I was able to show to people that I can be as beautiful as any woman and even with breast cancer, I have the guts to go up on stage and sing!”
For most of the guests, the event was an eye-opener. They could not believe that all those beautiful ladies who looked so fit and trim were breast cancer survivors. Tian Huat, who sponsored the main prizes immediately extended his sponsorship to survivors for a similar event next year.
The hairstylist and the beautician who freely gave their services to the survivors really made a difference in bolstering not only the survivors’ looks but also their confidence and self-esteem. Almost all the survivors were barely recognizable and there were many “oohs” and “ahhs” mingled with lots of laughter.
BCSS is deeply grateful to Estee Lauder Companies for helping out with the door gifts that made the ladies feel like one-in-a-million and to Dr Evelyn Ho for her continued support. The public was made aware of the ongoing competition held by College of Radiology through copies distributed out that night. BCSS also took the opportunity to touch on the College of Radiology Value Added Mammogram Programme (CMP) while showing the guests slides of the year’s activities that have taken place.
All went back with a sense of having witnessed and participated in something touchingly warm and humane. BCSS believes it has achieved what it has set out to do that night … to make people see that there is life after breast cancer.
A note from Dr Evelyn Ho, President of the College of Radiology and Editor of Radiology Malaysia:
“On behalf of the College of Radiology, congratulations to the Breast Cancer Support Society, Segamat for such a wonderful outcome to an exciting and fun event for survivors and guests alike. This type of event is not just a ray of light but rays of sunshine for those who feel they have been struck down with cancer.”