Brunch for a cure

By Debra Bell, Of The Weekly Staff
Posted May 04, 2012, at 7:46 a.m.

This Mother’s Day, plan on treating mom to brunch and at the same time honoring those moms and families struggling with a breast cancer diagnosis.

The Celebrate Mom/Fight Breast Cancer Brunch will be held on Sunday, May 13 from Noon to 2:30 p.m. at the Sea Dog Brewing Company in Bangor. Designed by Mackie Hill from Simply Unforgettable Events by Mackie, the proceeds from the brunch will be earmarked for breast cancer research through Champion for the Cure Challenge.

Tickets cost $25 per person and $10 for children under age 12.

According to Hill, the brunch is a great way to not only celebrate mom, but all the mothers and families struggling with a breast cancer diagnosis.

“It’s something I felt like needed to happen,” Hill said. “Mother’s day is a time when you always take mom out to lunch, so why not benefit a great cause at the same time?”

This brunch, modeled after a similar event in Portland, is something Hill believes will become a tradition.

“Why go all the way to Portland for something like this when we have the background and people to get off the ground here in Bangor,” Hill said. “Breast cancer is something that touches so many mothers.”

But this brunch is more than just about food. Speakers including Dr. Sarah Sinclair, Healthcare Charities project manager and breast cancer survivor Jeni Lloyd, local breast cancer survivors, and more. Women fighting breast cancer as well as survivors and co-survivors will be recognized and the event will feature chocolates by Speciality Sweets in Bangor and opportunities for photos with mom.

Bucksport resident Shannon Connor will be one of the featured speakers. Connor works at Caring Connections, a breast cancer resource for women in the Bangor area. Connor is also a breast cancer survivor. In fact, she and her mother, Pansy Porter, are both breast cancer survivors.

Porter was diagnosed in 2004, then Connor was diagnosed in 2006. In 2008, Porter was diagnosed again. Today they are both in remission.

“I thought this was a great idea, especially with the money being earmarked for breast cancer,” Connor said. “[My mom and I] were close before [the diagnosis], but this has really brought us closer together.”

Connor, Porter and Connor’s 10-year-old daughter Haley will be attending the brunch together.

To purchase tickets, go to www.brownpapertickets.com/event/239188. Tickets are also available at Anthony John’s Day Spa, Stillwater Avenue in Bangor, and through Champion the Cure Challenge. Tickets will not be available at the door.

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