the torch Winter 2016, Issue 4 - Page 20

Entertainer and breast cancer survivor Rita Wilson brings humor and humanity to 17th annual Celebrating Women luncheon On October 20, Baylor Health Care System Foundation celebrated the 17th annual Celebrating Women luncheon. The 2016 luncheon, presented by Tom Thumb for the 12th consecutive year, raised $1.8 million to benefit Baylor Scott & White Health’s fight against breast cancer in North Texas. Since the first Celebrating Women luncheon in 2000, more than $28 million has been raised to support breast cancer initiatives at Baylor Scott & White Health. This year’s event was chaired by Aileen Pratt with Gloria Eulich M artindale serving as underwriting chairman. Diane and Joel T. Allison served as honorary chairmen. Breast cancer survivor and multi- talented actress, producer, writer 20 and singer, Rita Wilson, was the featured speaker. During a Q&A session in which she was interviewed by Rowland K. Robinson, president of Baylor Health Care System Foundation, she discussed her family, career highlights, and her breast cancer diagnosis and journey. For those in the audience just starting their journey with the disease, Rita advised, “Trust your instincts and your gut. Don’t be afraid to ask for a second opinion, for your doctor or for your pathology. For those going through treatment or are about to go through treatment, I know it feels like it’s never going to end, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel. You’re going to be able to see that light sooner than you think.” Rita Wilson