Averett University and Danville community working to raise awareness for cancer screenings

Published: Sep. 2, 2016 at 5:47 PM EDT
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Several students wore the color teal at Averett University Friday. It was to show support for a professor who fought ovarian cancer twice.

Sept. 2 is national wear teal day for ovarian cancer, a color that represents ovarian cancer awareness.

"I wear it for Carrie," Averett University student Blair Bolton said.

"A Warrior," Averett University Student Michael Reives said when asked how he would describe Carrie.

These are just some of Carrie Hendrick's teal warriors.

The Averett University athletic training program director was first diagnosed with ovarian cancer is 2013. WDBJ7 met her in the spring of 2015, when she was battling it for the second time.

"When in remission, everyone celebrated with me," Hendrick said in April of 2015 at an Averett softball game dedicated to her.

Last December, she was cancer free.

"You got to live," Hendrick said in September of 2015 when we spoke with her.

Hendrick says it's humbling.

"Just seeing that they support it and they wear it, and they wear it proudly," Hendrick said.

For the students, it's about "Keeping Calm and Carrie On" and continuing to show their support by telling others.

"It's not just something we've done for Carrie, it's something that we are doing continuously," Bolton said.

And creating a community that cares.

"Say you know someone who has it, just tell them you are thinking about them," Reives said.

All month, you will see paintings in local libraries done by cancer survivors.

Leaders say they are seeing more people loose their battle to cancer because they are not getting screened soon enough.

"And also point people in the direction of resources that are going to help them in an event of a diagnosis," Danville Public Library Director Joe Zappacosta said.

"And I'm giving students that avenue to go talk to their mothers and their grandmothers and their sisters and their aunts about getting screened because screening right now is our own prevention," Hendrick said.

Author and life coach Michele Ryan will be speaking a several Southside libraries in about two weeks.

Ryan wrote a book on her experience with cancer.

Information about dates and times are below:

September 12-15

Author's Reading and Roundtable

Free and open to the public. Space is limited.

Registration requested. Call library of your choice to register.

5:00pm Refreshments and

Q&A with Author and Artists

6:00pm Get Busy Living:

Early Detection for a Better Life

Presentation and book preview by Michele Ryan, author of Cancer: "What I Wish I Had Known When I Was First Diagnosed"

Tips and Advice From a Survivor

7:00pm Panel discussion with Michele and members of your cancer support community Monday, September 12 at the South Boston Public Library 434-575-4228 | 509 Broad Street

Tuesday, September 13 at the History Research Center and Library in Chatham (information & art exhibit will be up all month at the Chatham Public Library) 434-432-3271 | 340 Whitehead Street

Wednesday, September 14 at the Blue Ridge Regional Library in Martinsville [Michele will also be at the Patrick County Library in Stuart from 1:00pm-2:00pm, call 276-694-3352] 276-403-5430 | 310 E. Church Street

Thursday, September 15 at the Danville Public Library 434-799-5195 | 511 Patton Street

Door Prizes and Book Giveaway!

First 25 to register at each location will receive a free copy of Michele’s book. One book per household.

Book also available to check out from the libraries.

September 1-30

Information on cancer risk reduction and screening and Throw Paint at Cancer! art exhibits.