Pretty Pink Event Raises Cancer Awareness in Tallahassee

The 6th annual Cards for a Cure charity casino night and auction was held Saturday night at the Tallahassee Automobile Museum. More than 200 people attended “The Pink Tie” event, filled with hors d’oeuvres, dancing, a silent auction and live entertainment by the Crooked Shooz band. All proceeds will go to Tallahassee Memorial Cancer programs

Each year the Cards for a Cure honors women in the community who have passed away, woman who over came cancer, has a unique story and who continues to be an advocate in the fight against Breast Cancer.

This year’s honoree, Steffany Lendon, a single mother and pharmaceutical consultant.

Lendon watched her grandfather die of lung and brain cancer. Her mother was also diagnosed with breast cancer, and Lendon diagnosed herself with the disease in 2006 after finding a lump in her right breast during a self-exam.

“I lived such a good and positive lifestyle,” Lendon said. “I didn’t smoking hang out in the sun. I even performed self-exams at home.”

She underwent a double mastectomy, reconstructive surgery and chemotherapy at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. Lendon is constantly spreading awareness through initiatives such as Cards for a Cure.

The Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Center provides optimal cancer care and clinical trials for patients in North Florida, South Georgia and Southeastern Alabama. It is also the only program in the region that is affiliated with Moffit Cancer Center clinical trials and was accredited by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer in 1951.

It is the longest continuously accredited Community Hospital Cancer Program in Florida and the only accredited cancer program in the Big Bend Region.