Raising awareness about breast cancer doesn’t have to be serious business. It can mean shopping for a hot-pink purse, getting a shoulder massage or eating a cupcake piled high with icing.
That was the case for more than 200 women who attended Ladies Night Out on the campus of Johnston Medical Center in Clayton.
A bingo-themed card posed questions for which players could seek answers as they visited with the radiology department and doctors in the Johnston Professional Plaza.
Gwen Ward of Clayton said the game made learning fun. “It was interesting, and I knew most of the answers,” she said.
After entering her bingo card in a drawing, she won a gift basket of hair-care products made by Angela Covington of Four Oaks, who started making her own natural products after losing her hair to chemotherapy two years ago. From her sales table in the plaza, she got to meet other women who had survived breast cancer.
Other businesswomen had personal stories as well.
Erin Belcher, who recently opened a gift shop in Clayton, lost her mother to cancer two months ago. When she heard about Ladies Night Out, she asked right away if she could show her support by being a vendor for the event.
Darlene Gardner of Clayton operates Lovely Lady, a shop that caters to women who have gone through cancer treatments. “Working with cancer survivors is such an honor,” she said. “They’re amazing women. They’re true heroes.”
Kathy Keeton of Clayton said the event made her more aware of all the services available at JMC-Clayton. “It’s good to know that you can get surgeries and follow-up care here,” she said.