Two Walker High School Anchors received the pleasure of attending a Pilot Luncheon last Thursday, February 17th. Both of them received a surprise when they learned the special guest speaker would be Brenda Ladun, the ABC 33/40 anchor and two time survivor of breast cancer.
After the meeting was called to order (and a donation was made to the Humane Society from the Pilot Club of Jasper), Ladun arrived and greeted everyone with a smiling face. After posing for a few pictures, Ladun began her speech.
First, she took a picture of her audience, explaining she was very excited about her new phone since she was the last in her house to get a ‘fancy’ one. Ladun began to describe her experiences, stating that ten years ago she had prayed to God for a mission and one month later found a lump in her breast. From there she assumed her mission was to spread the word about early detection of breast cancer and encouraged the Pilots to get their mammograms and yearly check ups so that they, as women of service, would be around to continue to care for their loved ones and serve their communities.
On the day of her surgery, a message to her TV audience was aired. Ladun said her type A personality caused her to worry most about the whereabouts of her three sons and husband, and how they would be fed during her recovery. However, God already had a plan. Ladun found that the more she reached out to people the more she received, as people cooked meals and helped to serve her family more and more.
The anchor members were inspired by this special story.
By: Hadley Skalnik – Photo by Daily Mountain Eagle