Cards for a Cure

Cards for a Cure is Tallahassee’s annual fall event that honors a local member of the Tallahassee community who has shown courage and valor in their fight against breast cancer. Hosted by the Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare Foundation, this event features an evening of food, good friends, great entertainment and live and silent auctions that benefit the Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Center & Cancer Programs.

Event Info

2018 Cards for a Cure

CardsForACure17Benefiting the Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Center & Cancer Programs
In honor of Betsy Burgess

October 6, 2018
7–11 pm
Donald L. Tucker Civic Center
Entertainment by All in One

Sponsor Information: Janet.Borneman@TMH.ORG

Stay tuned for silent and live auction items that will be available

2018 Honoree

2018 Honoree, Betsy Burgess

BetsyBurgessI was 36 years old and in the prime of my life when my breast cancer story began. I had a great job as a shareholder at Carr Allison Law Firm, three precious little kids, a loving husband, a big boisterous extended family and fun, hilarious friends. I had just returned from a football filled weekend in September 2016 when I found the lump in the shower. I broke into a cold sweat. I made my husband feel it to make sure I wasn’t hallucinating – he felt it, too. Despite my fear, I sprang into action and went through all the proper testing, concluding with a biopsy. I got “the call” at work. It was the most devastating moment of my life, yet looking back, it was just the beginning of a life-changing journey.

My medical team was spearheaded by both Shelby Blank, MD and Karen Russell, MD. Both physicians helped me decipher my early test results, strategically working out a surgical and treatment plan with me. Dr. Blank assured me my prognosis was good, comforting me with “This is just part of your story now.” I felt empowered – my team had a plan and I knew we could do this.

However, the toughest part of this whole adventure was telling my loved ones the news – enduring their own scared reactions, and initially not having any answers for them. At the time, my daughter was six and my twin boys were four. They accepted the news and, to my astonishment, handled my hair loss and physical changes like champions. From reassuring me that I looked pretty when I nervously wore my scarves and wigs, to fanning me with the nearest object whenever I had a hot flash from the treatment; they were my biggest cheerleaders.

My loved ones have often asked why this happened to me. I have no family history and have always been in good health, so my belief is that it is because I’ve been equipped to fight this since day one. I am now navigating the next phase of life as a cancer survivor. I am different, but better. My hair is curlier, and my perspective is much broader. I find fulfillment in reaching out and helping current patients through their journey – whether answering questions, accompanying them to treatments or just being a sounding board for venting.

At the end of the day, a lot of good has come into my life from this process and I am thankful for every day. Have I beaten cancer forever? The truth is we don’t know, and that’s ok. I hope and pray the day comes when I can say I have beaten cancer, because we as a community have beaten cancer, and found a cure.

With love and gratitude,
Betsy Burgess

Sponsors

Title Sponsor

Electrotech Electrical Contractor

 

Wine & Spirits Sponsor

carrAllison

 

Wineglass Sponsor

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Photo Sponsor

OBGYNAssociates

 

Auction Sponsor

RadiologyAssoc

 

History of Cards

Past Honorees

LeaLane

Lea Lane
2017 Honoree

AbbyKirkland

Abby Kirkland
2016 Honoree

TereseCombs

Terese Combs
2015 Honoree

GlendaThornton

Glenda Thornton
2014 Honoree

ErinPetscher

Erin Petscher
2013 Honoree

Darcy Cavell

Darcy Cavell
2012 Honoree

SteffanyLendon

Steffany Lendon
2011 Honoree

CarolDover

Carol Dover
2009 Honoree

MarshaClick

Marsha Click
2008 Honoree

kathybrooks

Kathy Brooks
2007 Honoree

kathybrooks

Kathy Brooks
2006 Honoree