Valdosta Daily Times

November 1, 2013

Pink Party honors breast cancer survivors

Desiree Murphy
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — A spirit-filled Pink Party was held at Caribbean Delight’s new location at 205 N. Ashley St. A Pink Party is an event that honors breast cancer survivors and gives them an opportunity to socialize with other survivors and supporters from the area.

This Pink Party was the idea of Angela Tooley King and Shirley Williams. A breast cancer survivor herself, King felt compelled to throw this event. “I just wanted them to know they don’t have to walk alone,” says King, “I want to keep hope alive.” This was the first event the duo has organized together.

They were also helped by Bonita Bailey, who decorated the building for the event with all pink flowers,

streamers, and pink crowns for the survivors to wear. Erica Hill also played a large role in the evening by allowing her restaurant to be used for the event free of charge and providing a cake for the attendees.

Twenty to 25 breast cancer survivors and supporters gathered to enjoy the warm atmosphere of food and fun. Throughout the evening, donated gifts from various providers and baskets by Regina Cooper were given as prizes for special awards, like longest breast cancer survivor and first person present at the event.

The breast cancer survivors in attendance also received their meals for free, will get a DVD of the evening’s events, and enjoyed a breast cancer awareness ribbon cake.

After Erica Hill welcomed guests to the event, Lydia Tooley Whitlock took the stage to speak of future hopes for a foundation to help people with every form of cancer and sang a gospel song. A prayer and candle lighting was  performed by Dr. Angela Prescott, pastor of Voice of Victory Worship Center and an uplifting musical solo was sung by Iboryah Jones, which she dedicated to  King.

Winding down the evening, Williams addressed the crowd explaining that God gave both her and King the vision for this event on the same day at the same time and expressed hope of being involved next year.

Finally,  King, sporting her bright pink breast cancer tennis shoes, took the stage and gave her heartfelt thanks to everyone who came to the event and helped put it together. “I am so happy I don’t know what to do.” she said, regarding the large attendance.

King hopes this is an event she can hold in October annually, although next year she has a different spin for the event in mind. She is hoping to hold a gala to allow these women the opportunity to get dressed up in formal attire. “I want to make them feel beautiful,” says King.