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Franklin Noon Rotary Club helps WMC fight breast cancer

Members of the Franklin Noon Rotary Club raised $6,500 for Williamson Medical Center. Photo submitted.

The “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” event held Saturday night at the Franklin Rodeo, raised $6,500 for Williamson Medical Center’s Breast Health Center. One dollar from every ticket sold to the Saturday night rodeo, was earmarked for the donation.

During the event, professional rodeo riders, attendees, and many working the event wore pink in honor of breast cancer survivors. Several local survivors were also recognized during the event.

Cancer survivor Kelly Spalding was a supporter of the Breast Health Center in memory of her mother’s 20-plus-year battle with breast cancer before she became a patient herself last October.

“Early detection saves lives and to be able to receive excellent care and treatment close to home meant the world to me,” Spalding said. “It was wonderful to see the support of breast cancer survivors from the crowd as well as the donation that the Franklin Rodeo presented to the Breast Health Center. Together we can give breast cancer the boot!”

Steve Smith, executive director of the Williamson Medical Center Foundation, said this donation is earmarked for some very important things.

“That money provides an annual base to keep our breast cancer professionals accredited and trained,” he said. “It also buys the educational materials we provide for women with breast cancer. Those are significant uses for the money. It’s extremely important and we really appreciate the help the Rotary club has given us over the last eight years.”

Derby Jones, publisher of the "Williamson Herald" and incoming president of the Franklin Noon Rotary Club, which produces the Franklin Rodeo, said the club is proud to join the fight against breast cancer with this event and donation.

“With several breast cancer survivors in our Rotary club, the fight against this disease really hits home,” Jones said. “We are proud of the work that Williamson Medical Center does for breast cancer treatment in our community, and our club will continue to bring awareness to the disease with our Tough Enough to Wear Pink promotion.”

Williamson Medical Center, a 185-bed hospital fully accredited by The Joint Commission, provides comprehensive inpatient and outpatient care including emergency services, with credentialed physicians in 53 specialties and sub-specialties. The community-focused hospital offers a wide range of wellness services, screenings and classes. For more information about Williamson Medical Center, visit

Posted on: 5/23/2013


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