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Making A Difference For Cancer

Tyler County Booster

The message “I love boobies” on t-shirts and bracelets is misleading at first sight, but many have come to understand the new slogan, coined by the non-profit “Keep a Breast” Foundation. The campaign sparked an interest in this serious disease with the younger generation by using “shock value” to promote awareness and raise money for breast cancer research. Students from Colmesneil high school joined their volleyball team in supporting breast cancer awareness this month by purchasing and wearing “Spike out Breast Cancer” t-shirts and wearing pink last Friday. Colmesneil students are reminded everyday of the serious nature of the disease when they see their long time teacher, Wynetta Robertson, bravely coming to school bald, during her fight with breast cancer. Mrs. Robertson lost her sister, Beverly, to ovarian cancer in June of 2008. In the Chester community, Betty Ann Whitworth discovered a lump in her left breast in October, 2009. She went to the doctor immediately and had surgery in January of this year. According to Whitworth, the doctors did genetic testing on the tumor, a relatively new procedure. It showed a high probability for recurrence, so they began six months of chemotherapy. Whitworth is now cancer free. Peggy Cauthen works in the library at Warren Junior High and in the accelerated math program. She discovered her breast cancer during a mammogram with Dr. Paula Shultz in Woodville October, 2006. “The hardest part for me was waiting six weeks for my appointment at M.D. Anderson, knowing I had cancer in my body,” Cauthen said. “After that things moved more quickly. I have been cancer free since June 14, 2007.” According to Cauthen, there is a reason for everything, and if just one person was brought closer to God by praying for her during the ordeal, it was worth it. “It took a while for me to find good in this situation,” Cauthen said. “But I know God has a plan and a purpose.” Spurger resident and past, longtime employee of the Booster, Beverly Doucette, is losing her battle with cancer this week. She was diagnosed January 25, then had both breasts removed. Her family is devastated by the loss. Woodville resident Delois Brazil is a breast cancer survivor for twelve years. “I had six chemotherapy treatments and 25 rounds of radiation,” Brazil said. “With no family in Woodville, people from my church and from my job at Woodville ISD, showed up at my door to drive me to my treatments at the McFaddin Center in Beaumont. I truly thank God and this community for everything.” As you can see, breast cancer is not far removed from the Tyler County community. These are just a few of the families who have been affected. Countless others have suffered with cancer or have family members who have cancer. Awareness for this type cancer and others has also increased due to the annual Relay for Life fundraiser event. This year, the Relay will be held at Woodville High School football field on Friday, April 29, 2011. To join a team or to make a donation, contact Susan Woodrome at (409) 200-0221. Help support research The Tyler County Booster is producing a beautiful hardcover cookbook entitled “Taste of Tyler County”. All proceeds will go to Tyler County Relay for Life. Your help is needed. The cookbook will be composed of recipes from Tyler County residents and a name will accompany each recipe. Categories are: Appetizers and Beverages, Soups and Salads, Vegetables and Side dishes, Main Dishes, Breads and Rolls, Desserts, Cookies and Candy, This and That. Submit your recipes by email to: recipes@tylercountybooster. com. Or, mail to, or stop by our office: 205 W. Bluff, Woodville, Texas 75979. Be sure to include the category and a person’s name. For example, if it is your grandson’s favorite cookies, use his name. If it is your famous pie, use your name. If someone in your family has cancer, use their name. We encourage multiple family names and submissions. Pre-order a copy of “Taste of Tyler County” by letting us know when submitting recipes. The hardback Tyler County cookbooks will be $15 each. Remember, all proceeds go to Tyler County Relay for Life.

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