2016 Table Captains

13th Annual Keeping the Faith Breast Cancer Survivors' Luncheon

Join Us In 2017

They are the heartbeat of the celebration.  They are survivors who bring all their supporters to enjoy a day of dining, dancing, shopping, fellowship, and rejoicing of wellness.  They are supporters who understand the difficulties of screening, treatment, and recovery of breast cancer because they shared in the experience of the survivor.  They are business women and men who provide a shopping experience in the Health & Wellness Marketplace catering to survivors on their special day and then serve as a resource for them afterwards.   At our celebration, nobody is identifed by a number, you will know our Table Captains by their name on their reserved table.   If you don't have one, don't worry, we'll match you up with one of our extraordinary captains or sponsors.

Linda Ryan

Supporter of Elaine Brannon

 I have lived in Reno, Nevada since 1972.  I look forward to October so I can attend this luncheon. Many of us like to attend to see each other at least once a year. At first I was surprised how many ladies I have met just going thru life that have walked across the stage. I have attended this event as a supporter or a vendor or a table captain since 2004. Both my daughter, Erica, and husband, Robert, have attended with me over the years.

 

I have been aware of breast cancer since childhood. Many family members then friends and acquaintances have experienced this challenge. Twice I have been faced with the possibility of a diagnosis.  I know that if I am ever faced with “that phone call”, Elaine and her volunteers will be available, just as they have helped some friends. This event allows me to think about the strong women I know with happiness and being thankful they are- or were - a part of my life.

 

The theme of Christmas in October is a treat for me since this year I celebrated my 20th anniversary of working at a company that deals mainly with Christmas. When I was hired it was difficult to comprehend it takes 18 to 24 months of work to have Christmas decorations and lights in stores on time!  This luncheon makes me feel connected to others in a unique way that is hard to describe.  I wish everyone a healthy and happy year until we meet here again next year.   

Shabnam Peterson

Supporter of Elaine Brannon

I am a work-at-home mom to two boys who keep me on my toes, and a wife to a supportive husband. I recently celebrated my 4th anniversary as an Independent Scentsy Consultant. I have been a vendor in the Marketplace and a Table Captain at the Luncheons since October, 2013. I also volunteer with Revivals by helping with their social media.

 

Scentsy makes wonderful gifts, (just because, Secret Santa, stocking stuffers, and for so many other occasions).  I look forward to helping you with your Christmas shopping this year.  Authentic Scentsy Warmers use a low-watt bulb to slowly melt specially formulated wax. With no flame, smoke, or soot, the Scentsy wickless candle system is a safe way to enjoy Scentsy fragrances. The Scentsy mission statement is: To bring value to the world by providing an industry leading, family-friendly business opportunity selling creative, artistic, high-quality products that warm the heart, enliven the senses, and inspire the soul. 

 

I am looking forward to seeing you at this year’s Christmas in October, 13th Annual Keeping the Faith Breast Cancer Survivors’ Luncheon, so come visit me in the Marketplace and say hello, smell the wonderful fragrances and browse the warmers and so much more.  Please feel free to contact me here with all your questions and if you would like to join me at my table.

Rhonda Watkins

Supporter of Elaine Brannon

I'm 65 yrs young, and am involved with the Red Hat Society.  I have a wicked sense of humor, love to laugh, give hugs, have a willing ear should ya need to talk and I love to be silly and make people smile.  I have been attending The Keeping the Faith Breast Cancer Survivors' Luncheon for 12 of it's 13 years. I was a Vendor for 8 of those years, but finally became a Table Captain.   I am a Cancer Supporter and through the years, have had friends & family who've had Breast Cancer.  Many have survived, thanks to modern medicine, but some I've lost.  I know they are in Heaven watching over me and laughing along with me .

 

Attending the luncheon has been a blessing for me as I get to take part and feel the love that is there.  I get a feeling of joy, peace and yes, even sadness.  It's a wonderful way to get together with family and friends and rejoice in each other, sharing laughter, hugs, and even tears.  I pray that someday soon there will be a cure for this horrible disease, so that we can celebrate 100 % survivors !! Don't forget that Breast Cancer is not just a "woman's disease", men can get it also,  Be sure to do your monthly self checks & stay in touch with your doctor.  Get your ticket, come join the party at my table, and help me "blow bubbles".  Let's celebrate life .

Jami Land

Supporter of Elaine Brannon

I am a stay at home mom to a 1 and a half year old little fire ball. I love to work out and I highly enjoy doing Zumba, even if I do have two left feet! I love to travel and my husband and I have a goal to visit every state, and visit every baseball and football stadium in the states we visit. I am so excited that I was introduced to the Marketplace and this is my first year being a Table Captain at the Keeping the Faith Breast Cancer Survivors’ Luncheon.

 

LuLaRoe is a clothing line designed to fit woman of all ages, shapes, and sizes. Each print is limited making every piece very exclusive. LuLaRoe is comfortable and affordable and makes every woman feel beautiful. If you are new to LuLaRoe, welcome to your new addiction! LuLaRoe’s mission statement is: through fashion we create freedom, serve others, and strengthen families. A place where lives are being blessed and dreams achieved through love, confidence, purpose and growth.

 

I am looking forward to seeing you at this year’s Luncheon. Come visit me and say hi, and browse the amazing clothes. Let me help you feel confident and beautiful by helping you find an amazing outfit.   Want some quality time with Elaine after the luncheon?  When you visit my booth, be sure to sign up for the Happy Hour she is having at my private home studio.  Please feel free to contact me at lularoejamiland@gmail.com if you have any questions or if you don't have a Table Captain and would like to join me at my table.  

Shirley Brown

Survivor - 22 Years

I was born and raised in the Bay Area of California and moved to Reno 13 years ago.  In 2007, I met Survivor, Fran Arguello, in a grocery store and she told me about Revivals.  She invited me to The Keeping the Faith Breast Cancer Survivor Luncheon.  I have attended every year since and even got my daughter, Shannon Cain, involved with the organization.  She is president of Battle Born Dollz.  For the second year in a row they have produced the Survivor Calendar and have been the Luncheon Decorators.   I am featured in both Calendars and am an Honorary member of the Dollz.  Unfortunately, cancer returned in March 2015.  I have survived with the love and care of my family, close friends,  and continuous prayers.  I read my Bible and I do Bible study alone while praying every night.  I am loved and cared for by my  husband, Ron.  We have been married for 51 years.  I have another daughter, Brandy, 5 grandsons (and their significant others), 1 granddaughter in Heaven, and  5 great grandchildren.   Elaine and I have a special bond.  Just like me, she loves flowers.  She'll stop over and we can talk and laugh for hours about old school stuff.   If you have not had her give you an essential oil AromaTouch, you are missing a treat.    If you don't have a Table Captain, join me and the Dollz at my table.

Nancy von Rosenberg

Survivor - 10 Years

Never in a thousand years would I have thought I would get breast cancer.  I was lucky, if anyone can be "lucky" getting breast cancer.  The tumor was very tiny and we caught it early. I had a Lumpectomy and 3 Lymph nodes removed. One of the lymph nodes had cancer cells. The doctor took me back to surgery the next day and took 16 more nodes.  No more cancerous lymph nodes were detected. So on to the Oncologist.  I had 4 rounds of Chemo, 3 weeks apart. At the 1st Chemo session,  the nurse couldn't give a line in my veins.(through no fault on her part).  I guess my veins decided, "No you are NOT putting that in my body.". So, back to surgery the next day and started Chemo the day after that. Once again, I was lucky. Through all my chemo, I never got sick. As a nurse,  I knew you had to take the anti-nausea meds BEFORE you get sick.

 

Two weeks after my 1st Chemo, my hair began to fall out. By the 3rd week, it looked really ratty. So, I had my husband shave my head. He thought it would be fun to shave someone's head, but in this case it wasn't.  He kept rubbing my head saying, "you have a perfectly round head".  It didn't bother me to lose my hair. I looked at it as,"not many females get to see what they look like without hair."  And you know what......it grows back!  I had 35 rounds of radiation after Chemo was finished. I went 5 days a week with weekends off. because we all know cancer takes the weekends off.

 

 I had 2 careers, a Nurse and a Police Officer. Both helped me in different ways.  Nursing in the obvious way and Police Officer helped me fight. In the Police Academy, we were taught NEVER GIVE UP!    I also thank God for sending me to the Breast Cancer Support Group " On With Life". The knowledge and support of these ladies and the facilitator of the group was Amazing!  I highly recommend getting into to a support group.  Keep up the Good Fight, Nancy.

Rene Hancock

(Heather, John, & Haley)

Supporter of Judy Dalluge

Supporter of Genie Ford

 As a physical therapist, I am dedicated to helping people restore their physical strength.    My mother is a 6 year survivor and my friend Genie is a 12 year survivor.  I am encouraged by their strength.  They are  such giving people.   My husband and I have instilled in our girls the desire for giving.  Last year, Haley helped manage the Revivals Give Shop in the Pink Palace at the Luncheon.  This year Heather is using their love for argiculture, to support Revivals  by sponsoring a Lamb Fundraiser.  The lamb is a product of our farm.  When Heather went away to college this Fall, Haley picked up the ball and is caring for the lamb.  She will announce the GRAND PRIZE WINNER at the Luncheon.  Before my mother and my good friend became  survivors, I  supported Elaine  throughout her treatment for breast cancer.  She was a good physical therapy patient and still remembers all the exercises. 

Esther Clay

Survivor - 10 years

I am one of Revivals' biggest fans. I started coming to the luncheon when it was at the Siena Hotel.   Since that time, I am always on the look out for sponsors and fundraiser so that our party can continue.  I have participated in the Macy's Shop for A Cause, I was a 2016 Revivals Survivor Calendar Girl, and for 2017, I am Ms. January.  One way I keep myself fit for survival is through the Zumba Fitness Program.  In 2010, my entire class came to the Luncheon to show survivors how to use the program.  We are back this year sponsored by one of my top Supporters, Zumba Instructor, Kathy Kennedy.  She is a pillar in the community when it comes to fitness and is a premier instructor at Fitness Connection in Sparks.  Stop by their booth in the Health & Wellness Marketplace to learn about all their other services.   They will also have gym memberships in the Gift Giveawy (tickets: 1 for $1,  6 for $5, and  25 for $20).  Elaine calls me the Facebook Posting Queen, so I'll be snapping away at the Luncheon and I do have a selfie stick. 

Eileen McNeall

Survivor - 15 years

I have had the pleasure of participating for the past several years as a Table Captain at the Revivals annual luncheon. I am celebrating my 15th year as a breast cancer survivor and always look forward to this event and to working with the amazing Elaine and her equally amazing hubby Babe. I am so grateful to Revivals for the support and resources they provide to so many in our community.

 

I will soon be retiring from my job of 15 years in child welfare and look forward to doing more community service work. My husband Bruce and I are lucky to share our three-acre home with a horse, two cats and my little Chihuahua, Lacy. We love to travel, participate in outdoor activities, arts and crafts, and volunteering. Additionally, I love equestrian sports and will continue to pursue training in dressage with awesome horse, Corey.  Also, Lacy and I look forward to volunteering with a local therapy dog group, Paws 4 Love.

Geana Parker

Survivor - 5 years

I am a vendor in the Health & Wellness Marketplace because of my quest to educate people on the importance of what they put in and on their bodies.  As your doTERRA Wellness Advocate, I will ensure that my team (including my Honey-Do, Brian Parker) is available to help you and your family incorporate the use of essential oils in your daily healthcare. Be sure to stop by our booth.   My team is providing a clinical application of the oils using the Hand AromaTouch Techique.  Attending the luncheon is uplifting and inspiring. I talk about this event everywhere I go.  It is one of the few I know about that focuses on the breast cancer surviviors' well-being.   By the way, Elaine is my sister. No, really she is!  If you don't have a Table Captain, you are welcome at my table.  Email me at oil4yourhealth@yahoo.com.

Fran Arguello

Survivor - 19 Years

Elaine and I started volunteering together to increase breast health awareness right after her treatment.   When she started Revivals, I resigned from other organizations just to support her.   At the first luncheon,  I introduced Elaine  to Deedee who was my guest.  Deedee is a business consultant and met with Elaine to help her with ideas for increasing awareness and for enhancing the celebration.  Elaine grabbed ahold of the Table Captain concept and we were her first recruits.  My daughter-in-law, Louise LaBella, is also a survivor and she is one of my #1 Supporters.  I am one of Revivals' prayer warriors and I am constantly on the look out for survivors to invite to the celebration.  If you don't have a Table Captain and would like to sit at my table, you are welcome to join us.

Quentin Salas

Supporter of Elaine Brannon

Elaine and I met recently through Revivals partner, Verita Black Protho at Veritas Empowerment Boutique.   I am excited to attend the celebration for the first time and will have a booth in the Health & Wellness Marketplace.   My original art pieces at reasonable prices will make wonderful Christmas gifts.  I am joined by Laura Jackson, Owner of Beads Etc. Reno.   Beads Etc. Reno provides multiple services and events tailored to the collector, hobbyist, or serious jewelry maker in you.  I look forward to meeting all the survivors.   If you don't have a Table Captain and would like to sit at my table, you are welcome to join us.

Cheryl Ivy Puckett

Survivor - 1.5 years

(Elaine's first cousin)

 I feel very grateful and blessed to be able to attend this luncheon at this time in my life.  When I was diagnosed in Oct 2014 with breast cancer my fear was eased because of the support, memories,  and encouragement of my family (Elaine, Deidre, James, and my mom all which had fought cancer).  There were days when I just wanted to curl up and do nothing, but giving up was not an option.  I was inspired by each of these angels to fight on and push through the pain and discomfort.    I was originally suppose to complete 6 cycles of chemo and then do radiation, but after  each chemo I had a reaction which included fever and neuropathy.  After 2 hospitalizations, I had to stop chemo after 2 cycles to prevent further nerve damage to my body.    I came home from the hospital on a walker in January 2015 and since that time I have progressed from walker to cane to my own 2 feet.  Although the neuropathy is better, I still continue to recover and heal from the destruction and nerve damage.  I don't know what the future holds for me, but I face it with  love of God and family in my corner.  New challenges face me each day, but I will continue to carry on and face forward and enjoy the journey.  Peace & Blessings.

Our mission is to support breast cancer survivors now by celebrating wellness while other great organizations advocate and  search for a cure.  a 501 (c) (3) Charity