A diagnosis of cancer or losing a loved one to the disease is hardly a reason to celebrate, but life itself is. That’s one reason Oklahoma native Melissa Sampson began the Imagine Me Foundation in 2007.
On April 19, a “Celebration of Life” will be held to honor cancer survivors, those currently battling the disease and those who’ve lost a loved one to cancer.
“We honor them with trophies and certificates,” Sampson said. “They walk a red carpet. We even have some of them picked up in a limo.”
At this black-tie affair, about 25 Oklahomans will be honored. The evening includes a dinner, drama, poetry, music, praise dancing, comedy, award presentations, a candle-lighting ceremony to honor those lost to cancer, and a balloon release to honor cancer survivors and those now in treatment.
Sampson, who lives in Fairfield, Calif., with her husband, Randy, also an Oklahoma native, started the foundation after having a series of dreams. The dreams, she said, were so vivid and compelling, she found herself writing in the middle of the night the things she’d remembered from the dreams.
“I know it sounds silly,” she said. But after a couple weeks of these dreams, Sampson was convinced that helping people deal with cancer was to be her life’s work.
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If you go
Imagine Me Foundation ‘Celebration of Life’
•When: 5 p.m. April 19.
•Where: Sheraton Midwest Reed Conference Center, 5800 Will Rogers Road,
•Tickets and information: Call 585-7437, go to www.imaginemefoundation.org or email email@example.com. Tickets are also sold at Lamoor Beauty Supply, 1736 NE 23.