In The Pink to Kiss Cancer Goodbye

September 25, 2013

2013 In The Pink Luncheon

The 2013 Mercy Hot Springs In The Pink Luncheon to benefit breast cancer patients in Hot Springs will be held Friday, Oct. 4.

The featured speaker for the event, which will be held from noon to 2 p.m. at Horner Hall inside Hot Springs Convention Center, is local breast cancer survivor Susan Harper. After a mammogram and ultrasound Harper, who is Director of Visitor Services and Volunteers at Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs, was told she had breast cancer.

 “You could have knocked me over with a feather because I have no history or relatives with any kind of breast cancer,” said Harper, who is a native of Hot Springs and says Garvan Woodland Gardens is her dream job. “I got the biopsy on a Monday, the diagnosis on a Tuesday and on Wednesday I had it out.

“Earlier that day, my second grandson was born so this is a red letter day in our family -- the birthday of my grandson and the re-birthday of me because he got all of the cancer with clean margins and no lymph node involvement.”

Learn more about Mrs. Harper’s story at

The theme for this year’s In The Pink Luncheon is “Kiss Cancer Goodbye.”  In addition to the luncheon, there will be a silent auction, entertainment, drawing for door prizes and a fashion show. Money raised will go to assist patients with wigs and other supplies that are needed.

“It is such an honor and I’m so grateful and humbled to be the speaker and tell my story,” Harper said.

This is the 12th In The Pink Luncheon hosted by Mercy Hot Springs, which has served the region since 1888. Established in 1982, Komen for the Cure has become an international organization – with a network of volunteers working through local chapters and Race for the Cure events in over 100 American cities – fighting to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease by advancing research, education, screening and treatment.

Tickets are $30. Call the Mercy Women’s Center at 501-622-4565 for information.

For more than 125 years, Mercy in Hot Springs has served the healthcare needs of Hot Springs and surrounding communities. Mercy Hospital Hot Springs is a 282 bed full-service hospital accredited by The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, providing an emergency department with a Level 2 Trauma Center designation and a comprehensive range of medical services. For more information, visit

Media Contacts