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Cancer Survivor Dinner and Discussion Planned for September 30

The Cheatham County Cancer Survivors Alliance, UT/TSU Extension and Sr. Center at Ashland City are partnering to offer a night of hope to our Cheatham County cancer survivors and their caregivers. The theme of this year’s dinner is “Quality of Life.”

The event will be held September 30, 2021. Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. followed by a panel discussion.

On July 1, 2020 CCCEC received an award from the Tennessee Cancer Coalition to provide education and guidance for Cheatham County residents who have been diagnosed with cancer, and for their family members. The vision of the alliance is to provide education and information about resources to Cheatham County survivors and their caregivers. The alliance also desires to learn more from survivors about their needs in a rural community.

In Cheatham County, approximately 200 – 225 residents are diagnosed with cancer each year which is one of the highest percentages in the state of Tennessee. Our mortality rate is also among the highest in the state with an estimated 88 – 105 lost lives each year. “We recognized this as a very serious health crisis in our community and sought funding to begin exploring ways to meet the needs of Cheatham County,” stated Rebecca Selove, Director of Cheatham County Cancer Survivor Alliance.

The Cheatham County Cancer Survivors Alliance has been actively educating the community through Town Hall meetings and organization presentations. “This will be our biggest event this year. We are looking forward to meeting all of the survivors we are serving,” reported Mrs. Selove.

The Sr. Center at Ashland City will be the location for this year’s event. Gena Batts, Sr. Center Director, said, “This is a topic near to our heart. We have many members of our center diagnosed each year.”

The panel for the evening will include a cancer survivor, a caregiver, an oncology nurse, nutritionist, support group leader and emotional therapist. Each panel guest will be given time to describe their experience or role in providing quality of life to patients and their families. Time will be left at the end of the session for any questions by our guests.

“Please note that all current Covid-19 restrictions will be adhered to guarantee full safety of our participants,” stated Aneta Eichler, UT/TSU Extension Agent and coordinator of this event. “Seats will be very limited, so I would suggest making reservations as quick as possible,” continued Mrs. Eichler.

This is a free event thanks to our many sponsors; however, reservations are required. To reserve seating for you and your family, call the Sr. Center at Ashland City (615-792-3629). For more information on the Cancer Alliance visit their website at

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