Cancer survivor ready to share her story

Luncheon at Elmwood Oct. 4

Tickets are still available for an event which is gaining status as a local fall tradition while making possible a life-saving service to uninsured or under-insured Central Iowa women.

It is the annual Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 4 at Elmwood County Club.

Its misson: Support the UnityPoint Health-Marshalltown Foundation’s Prevent program.

The Prevent program’s mission is to reduce the impact of breast cancer on the lives of Central Iowans. The Foundation hosts two clinics annually for free-of-charge mammogram screenings.

“For the seventh consecutive year, we are pleased to feature a breast cancer survivor whose message of perseverance and hope will inspire attendees,” Judy Adland, event chairperson and Foundation board member said. “Trish Crosser of Marshalltown will be sharing a sincere message about her experience fighting breast cancer. In addition to a special meal, we are pleased to offer items for silent auction.”

Crosser is a busy retiree, formerly employed at Emerson Process Management/Fisher Controls. Earlier this year Crosser said she was unsure if she was ready to talk publicly about her breast cancer.

“I went to my children and said: ‘I am ready to start healing emotionally. Tell me how it affected you. That will help me make my decision talk about it,'” Crosser said. “Two of my children came back to me with very touching letters. Now is time for me to talk publicly.”

In recent years the luncheon has completely filled the country club’s dining room with overflow seating necessary. Consequently, those who have yet to purchase tickets should do so now.

Single registration is $35, or table of 8 is $280. Registration forms are available through the Foundation at 641-754-5005, or online at under the Foundation Events tab. For additional information about the Prevent Fund or to make a contribution, contact the Foundation.

The UnityPoint Health – Marshalltown Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) organization that supports UnityPoint Health – Marshalltown’s mission to improve the health and lives of the people and communities served.

Contact Mike Donahey at 641-753-6611 or