Annual cancer survivor luncheon helps support BCDC

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - After the Making Strides event a few of the walkers joined more survivors for the Breast Cancer Detection Center's annual cancer survivor lunch. Tucked away in the Westmark hotel, this was was another gathering of survivors, their families, and friends for the BCDC event.

The intimate affair included a brunch spread, complete with an omelet and salad bar. The guests were treated to champagne, and there was a chance to contribute to a silent auction. As a special treat for the ladies and gentlemen who were lunching, 'Laughing Yoga' instructor, Michael Bork showed various ways to increase endorphins through movement and laughter.

A touching moment toward the end of the event included the simple gesture of cancer survivors introducing their guests to the rest of the group. BCDC Executive Director, Odette Butler, explained why the luncheon can lift the spirits of those who have gone through treatment.

"It's really lonely when you're going through cancer and you're sitting there through chemo, and even if you are there with your buddy, it's still lonely. So it's a good thing to get out and just share among each other, see each other, see that we're all still here and that we're all still laughing and that we all still have our friends. I just think it's really important for people to get healthier, for people to feel better, for people to stay healthy, to know that it's a community thing and we're all in it together," Butler said."

The next event coming up for the Breast Cancer Detection Center will be their annual Gala Affair on Saturday, October 6.