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Stephanie's Heroes: American Cancer Society Pavilion Ball

October 3, 2011

A group from the American Cancer Society is making necklaces to auction at the annual Pavilion Ball and most of the proceeds will stay in central Virginia to help cancer patients in central Virginia.

Bead by bead, these ladies are hoping to help the fight against cancer.

“Just the idea of everybody coming together and being able to share laughter and joy, and make good memories out of something that's happened in the past that probably wasn't great," said Pavilion Ball member Beth Solak. "To take something that had a certain impact on you and be able to follow it up with something happy is pretty moving."

Each year American Cancer Society Pavilion Ball members come together making necklaces of all shapes, colors and styles, in honor of cancer survivors and in memory of those who lost their battle with cancer.

“I lost my mom two years ago to cancer. So, for me it's a labor of love, and I'm thinking about her and thinking about her memory,” said Corbey.

The necklaces will be up for auction at the annual Pavilion Ball on Saturday, Oct. 8 at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business. The ball is one of the area's top social events and a time when cancer survivors are honored.

“It's a very moving feeling," said member Beth Solak. "These people have been through something that you can't describe. Just to give them a moment in the lights and to say you've done a great job and we are working as hard as we can so you don't have to battle this, that is a feeling in itself that's indescribable."

The Pavilion Ball members stringing each bead to create more than a dozen unique necklaces. From research to new wigs, they're hoping the proceeds will be enough to make even a small difference for someone impacted by cancer. Many call them heroes for their generosity, but they don't agree.

“I don't think any of us think of ourselves as heroes. I think we all feel like it's our way of taking back a little bit of control over something that happened in your life that you had no control over. We just sort of do it because we feel like it's the right thing to do,” said Corbey.

As much as they enjoy selecting beads and creating jewelry, the members hope there comes a day when this fundraiser is no longer necessary. Until then, they say they'll keep working hard for the cause and a cure.

In the past the group has raised about $500 every year from this fundraiser and they're hoping to raise even more this year. Click here to purchase tickets and learn more information.


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