The Ann Tunky Riley Pink Tea
– Celebrating and Remembering Breast and Cervical Cancer Survivors
and Caregivers –
Columbia, S.C. – October 23, 2019 – Join the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) as it celebrates and remembers breast and cervical cancer survivors and caregivers on Thursday, October 24 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at The Ann Tunky Riley Pink Tea.
This year, the annual event will be named for former First Lady Ann “Tunky” Riley who died from breast cancer in 2008 after decades of fighting the disease. At a time when cancer conversations were not as readily held as they are today, Mrs. Riley was one of the first public figures in South Carolina to speak about her battle with breast cancer. She used her voice to encourage other women in the state to get mammograms and other lifesaving cancer screening methods.
Mrs. Riley’s husband, Richard W. Riley, former South Carolina governor and U.S. Secretary of Education, will speak about his journey as her caregiver. ACS CAN will also honor House Ways and Means Chairman G. Murrell Smith, Jr. for his efforts in championing funding for cancer prevention and early detection for uninsured and underinsured women.
This year in South Carolina, 210 women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer. More than 4,400 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 700 will die from the disease. Over 120 breast and cervical cancer survivors, as well as their loved ones, are expected to attend.
Other speakers and special guests include:
- Darci Strickland of WLTX 19, who will MC the event.
- Dr. Rachel Mayo from Clemson University, who will discuss her advances in breast cancer research and work with the Best Chance Network.
- Kimberly Brigman Driggers, metastatic breast cancer survivor from Latta, who will share her survivor journey.
- Charlotte Kirpatrick, breast cancer survivor and LIVESTRONG participant, who will share information about the LIVESTRONG program.
- First Lady Peggy McMaster.
- Tara Boone, ACS CAN State Lead Volunteer.
- Beth Johnson, ACS CAN Government Relations Director.
- Stephanie Hinton, Director of Cancer Control at S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.
- Annie Brown, Executive Director at Tandem Health.
- Heather Fleck, Clinical Dietitian at PRISMA Health.
- University of South Carolina students including members of the pre-health honor society Alpha Epsilon Delta and Relay For Life.
- Family of the late Ann Riley.
Entertainment will be provided by Rebecca Robeson, singer and metastatic breast cancer survivor and Kipper Ackerman, a local harpist from Sumter.
Widely known as South Carolina’s official hospitality drink, tea will be served and The Lace House will be flooded with pink linens, vases and flowers in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Free services and information will be available including wig demonstrations, relaxation techniques, essential oils, nutrition and an ACS CAN’s Light of Hope luminaria decoration station. Sponsors include Pfizer, PhRMA, Amgen, Nephron, South Carolina Oncology Society, Mayo High School Athletics Hall of Fame and Bristol-Myers Squibb.
Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The Lace House at the Governor’s Mansion Complex
800 Richland Street
Columbia, SC 29201
About ACS CAN
ACS CAN, the nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society, supports evidence-based policy and legislative solutions designed to eliminate cancer as a major health problem. ACS CAN works to encourage elected officials and candidates to make cancer a top national priority. ACS CAN gives ordinary people extraordinary power to fight cancer with the training and tools they need to make their voices heard. For more information, visit www.acscan.org.