Por­traits of Hope

The Covington News - - Local News - ANAS­TA­SIA GRAVES news@cov­news.com

A group of women whose smiles, up­lift­ing spir­its and de­vo­tion to other peo­ple’s lives, gath­ers in the cen­ter of the square Fri­day. For the en­tire month of Oc­to­ber, breast can­cer sur­vivors will have por­traits in lo­cal bou­tiques around the Cov­ing­ton square, hon­or­ing those who were able to over­come the dis­ease. Six years ago, the pro­gram started out with 12 por­traits of women, now ex­ceed­ing more than 60. “Take ev­ery­day as a bless­ing, and be sure to tell ev­ery­one that you love, you love them. Ev­ery­day is a new bless­ing,” said Kay Goff, breast can­cer sur­vivor and vol­un­teer for the Hope Bou­tique at the New­ton Med­i­cal Cen­ter. The bou­tique was es­tab­lished by vol­un­teers and the women’s di­ag­nos­tic staff at New­ton Med­i­cal Cen­ter to help breast can­cer pa­tients with lim­ited in­come, pro­vid­ing sup­plies needed dur­ing and af­ter can­cer treat­ment. Items avail­able at the bou­tique in­clude bras, pros­the­sis, wigs, tur­bans, hats and blan­kets. Goff be­lieves it is im­por­tant for both men and women to be aware of their body, and to have an­nual mam­mo­grams. Mak­ing peo­ple aware is their mis­sion, as well as hon­or­ing sur­vivors and those who are still bat­tling breast can­cer to­day. Along with the concert on Sun­day, they will fol­low up with a fash­ion show Oct. 9. Tick­ets are $10, avail­able at the gift shop at the hospi­tal in the women’s cen­ter. It will in­clude a lun­cheon, and en­ter­tain­ment. All mod­els will be mod­el­ing items from the Cin­derella shop, a shop that sup­ports the hospi­tal’s aux­il­iary. All sales go to the aux­il­iary, and all cloth­ing items are do­nated. For more in­for­ma­tion on the bou­tique contact the Women's Di­ag­nos­tic Cen­ter at, (770) 385- 4169.

Anas­ta­sia Graves /The Cov­ing­ton News

In honor of Sun­day’s “Sounds of Hope Concert,” pre­sented by New­ton Med­i­cal Cen­ter, lo­cal breast can­cer sur­vivors headed out to the Cov­ing­ton square Fri­day morn­ing to put sur­vivor pho­tos in the win­dows of lo­cal busi­nesses.

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