Medina native who fought breast cancer at 28 will headline For Women Only

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 1 May 2019 at 7:46 am

23rd annual event on May 15 is sold out

Photo by Ginny Kropf: Tammi Pritchard, left, an employee at Medina Memorial Hospital, and Cindy Perry, director of Outreach, Education and Wellness for Community Partners, are planning the 23rd annual For Women Only May 15 at White Birch in Lyndonville. Pritchard holds one of the many baskets which will be raffled off, while Perry has two of the tickets for the event, which always is sold out.

LYNDONVILLE – The 23rd annual For Women Only to benefit cancer services is already shaping up to be one of the most exciting. The event is already sold out.

Scheduled May 15 at the White Birch Golf Course with the theme “Stories Behind the Mask,” the event this year will feature a Medina native as guest speaker.

Mercedes Wilson

“We are excited about having Mercedes, because she’s local,” said Cindy Perry, director of Outreach, Education and Wellness at Community Partners, speaking about Mercedes Holloway Wilson.

At 28, Wilson, the mother of four children, was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer.

Wilson said she has always had the desire to help women reach their full potential, but after her cancer diagnosis she seized the opportunity to educate women about her story and help them become advocates for their own health and wellness. She is the founder and executive director of “For Our Daughters.”

This year’s featured cancer survivor will be another local woman, Leslie Allen.

For Women Only features hors ‘d oeuvres, desserts, raffles and entertainment by the Kendall Lawnchair Ladies.

Many big-ticket items have been donated for the raffles, including a kayak package, overnight stay and play at Batavia Downs, a bike and helmet, wine tasting for 10, season’s passes to the White Birch and luggage. Donations of items and baskets are still welcome.

There will also be a jewelry vendor, chocolate tasting, a free hot/cold mask for everyone, a massage therapist and financial advice for women by Julianna Duda.

One thing about this event, said Perry, is that all the money stays in the area to help people with cancer and provide mammograms to uninsured or under-insured individuals.