This year alone, approximately 580,350 Americans are expected to die of cancer at a rate of 1,600 people per day. Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the United States, exceeded only by heart disease. Sixty years ago, one out of three people diagnosed with cancer survived at least five years. Today, thanks in part to the work of the American Cancer Society (ACS), two out of three will survive.
On Saturday, April 27, the American Cancer Society will host the 25th Annual Cattle Baron’s Ball at Maude Cobb Center at 7:00 p.m. This year’s urban cowboy theme is “Black Hats and Pearl Snaps,” and features western cuisine, cocktails, new and exciting games, both a silent and live auction, and live music. All proceeds raised will benefit the ACS’ mission of eliminating cancer by saving lives though research, government advocacy, community education, and crucial programs that support patients and their families battling cancer.
Longview Cattle Baron’s Ball committee member Chaska Norwood is serving this year as chairman for the annual fundraising event.
“My grandmother, Dorothy Dillard, passed away in April of 2012 from esophageal cancer, which is what motivated me to take on the responsibility of chairman for the Cattle Baron’s Ball,” Ms. Norwood said.
Originally from Longview, Ms. Norwood has resided in the community for 21 years. She is a graduate of Gilmer High School and earned her associate’s degree in business administration from Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas. Ms. Norwood is the owner and chief executive officer of the clothing boutique Just add Jeans. She enjoys spending time with her mini schnauzers, Gabby and Charly.
“My grandmother never got to see my dream become a reality in person due to caring for my grandfather during his failing health before he passed away with cancer,” Ms. Norwood said.
Ms. Norwood’s philosophy on volunteerism is taken from Winston Churchill, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
For more information about the 25th Annual Cattle Baron’s Ball, please call the American Cancer Society office at 903-597-1383 or email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.