“It’s just wonderful to see them all smiling,” Moore said. “ ... We had a good time. We laughed, we cried and we sang.”
Moore, an 11-year survivor of cervical cancer, led the luncheon attendees through a rousing and inspiring comedy routine that featured songs and jokes.
“Cancer is cancer,” Moore said. She noted that she decided to take her battle with cancer and use it to reach out through her performances for events such as the symposium. “I decided to take it in a different direction and have fun with it.”
Moore, who sold CDs and handmade Minnie Pearl-esque hats during the informational expo after the luncheon, received numerous compliments from attendees.
“Oh, I sang my little heart out,” said one survivor.
The informational fair, open to anyone, saw hundreds and hundreds of attendees and featured booths from local businesses, health care professionals, non-profit organizations and more. Attendees were able to gather information about staying healthy — which is one way to help prevent a cancer diagnosis — and they were able to have some fun and take pictures, get pampered with hand and shoulder massages, and even get their nails painted.
“There’s such a spirit of kinship,” said Wilson. “ ... but it’s more than that. It’s deeper than that.”