By Lynette Jones – The Edith Marie Cancer Foundation hosted their second annual gala this past weekend at Queen’s Harbour Yacht and County Club.
Dozens of friends and family members attended the event, which included empowering messages about breast cancer survival, fortitude and the importance of supporting each other. Family members, spouses or friends that have supported survivors through their journey surrounded many of the featured guests. progression and remission outcomes. “I was in awe to be honored tonight for my fight for all breast cancer survivors,” said Monique Ellis, an honoree and breast cancer survivor.
She added, “This foundation has not only helped me, but provides hope to others that may be financially strapped to take on the many ills that come with this prognosis.”
This years gala was a black tie affair as survivors shared their story with new friends gathered at their tables. The event featured catered cuisine, live entertainment, silent and live auction items. The foundation is named in honor of Edith Marie Cooper, who passed away rom cancer in 2016. Mrs. Cooper was a wife, mother and pastor who proudly battled breast cancer and has been an inspiration to many other cancer patients.
All proceeds from the event benefitted the foundation’s efforts to provide relief to those in need during difficult times. A breast cancer diagnosis may result in the inability to perform daily tasks and prevent the capacity to maintain employment, making financial obligations difficult to meet. The organization offers financial support for housing, utility and nutritional expenses to the families of those who are fighting breast cancer.
The nonprofit organization was established by the youngest of Coopers four children, Terrie, who continues to spread love and compassion that her mother was known for. Pictured is (l-r) is Monique Ellis receiving an honoree gift bag from host and organizer Terri Cooper.