On Sunday, June 23, survivors or those battling any and all types of cancer can take the day off and relax with a cup of tea.

That's because the Madison County Breast Cancer Support Group is hosting an afternoon tea to celebrate life, according to member Paula Hollon.

"What we want to do is just give women who have cancer or surviving any kind of cancer a reason to celebrate, just to be ladies and just to enjoy the day," Hollon said.

The day will consist of great company, food and fellowship. Guests can dress up or come as they are. Either way, Hollon said, anyone is welcome and accepted.

People can start arriving at 3 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church located on 330 W. Main St. in Richmond.

"The whole goal is you don't have to be a fancy ol' tea lady drinker, it's okay," she said. "We really want anybody to feel welcome to come to the tea."

This first ever special event is just one of many things that the MCBCSG does throughout the year. The group has potluck dinner meetings the third Monday of each month where breast cancer survivors or those battling breast cancer come for advice and comfort. The support group meets at the Madison County Health Department on Boggs Lane.

The MCBCSG also hosts an annual women's wellness day at Eastern Kentucky University's Perkins Building in the fall. The purpose of the wellness day, which sees more than 200 attendees, is to learn about themselves and their bodies all while having fun, even holding a fashion show at the end.

The group was founded in 1998 to meet the needs of local cancer survivors in Madison and surrounding counties. They offer outreach programs to survivors, educational events, deliver gift baskets to women who have just undergone breast cancer surgery, and provide free wigs, turbans, bras and breast prostheses for survivors.

Their mission is to provide a community of love and support for women who have or have had breast cancer. The support group advocates for breast and cervical cancer awareness in the community and volunteers with local health care organizations to reach women in need of screenings or support.

Reservations are not required, but would be appreciated in order for the MCBCSG to plan accordingly. One can RSVP by calling (859) 986-1213. Interested persons are asked to leave their name, phone number and number of people for the tea party.

The organization is able to get funding through various fundraising and from charitable organizations like Belk.

To learn more, donate to, or join the Madison County Breast Cancer Support Group, contact Arlayne Francis at (859) 200-7388.

Reach Kaitlyn Brooks at 624-6608; follow her on Twitter @kaitlynsbrooks.

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