Cancer survivors don hats, pink for Mad Hatter's Tea
Joe Smillie/Peninsula Daily News
All pinked out in their hats and leis are, from left, Eileen Hill, Diane Hayman, Barbara Orr, Connie Alexander, Joy Sanders, Linda Beatty and Betty Jaffrey.
A crowd of more than 200 cancer survivors, friends and family pushed the capacity of SunLand Golf & Country Club at the 16th Mad Hatter’s tea Friday afternoon. Photo by Joe Smillie/Peninsula Daily News.
By Joe Smillie
Peninsula Daily News
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Jan Kummet, chairwoman of Friday's ceremonies at the SunLand Golf & Country Club, led the program in which some 200 women, with a few men helping the cause, gathered to share their experiences of battling breast cancer.
'Bigger and closer'
“It's been a wonderful gathering that just seems to get bigger and closer every year,” Kummet said.
The elaborate tea service and ornate hats are a way for survivors and families of those stricken by breast cancer to come together in a light-hearted supportive setting.
The tea also raises money for several cancer support and prevention organizations in the area.
Kummet and friends began the Mad Hatter's Tea in 1998.
They decided to don hats in support of their friend Jan Chatfield, who wore hats to mask her hair loss while undergoing chemotherapy.
Sequim-Dungeness Valley Editor Joe Smillie can be reached at 360-681-2390, ext. 5052, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last modified: October 12. 2013 5:29PM