Women “thriving beyond cancer” make up the wonderful grassroots organization known as the Noble Circle Project.
It all began in 2004 when eight women from our region gathered around a kitchen table to talk about their cancer diagnoses and realized they wanted to add other forms of healing to the medical treatment they were already receiving.
Their vision eventually led to the founding of the organization that emphasizes mutual support, nutritional education, and complementary energy techniques such as the 2,000 year-old mind-body practice known as qigong (pronounced “chee-gong”).
The non-profit group, open to any woman who has faced cancer at any point in her life, is completely free to participants, thanks mostly to the annual A’Wear Affair luncheon that’s so well supported by our community. This year’s luncheon is slated for Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Sinclair Conference center in downtown Dayton and reservations are still available. A highlight of the day is the inspirational fashion show with spring and summer fashions modeled by Noble Circle Sisters. This year’s special honoree is Mary McCarty, a contributing columnist for the Dayton Daily News.
More than 300 women have gone through the core program that begins with a weekend retreat and continues with a series of 10 weekly classes that offer both education and continuous support. After that, there are optional monthly meetings.
“I became involved in Noble Circle at a time in my life when I was very lost, very frightened and didn’t know where to turn for answers,” says Kym Yahn, who is co-chairing this year’s February luncheon. “Noble Circle has been a beacon of hope and helps me live my life to the fullest. We focus on thriving, not just surviving.”
The retreats, held in the fall and spring at Hope Springs Institute in Peebles, Ohio, are a weekend of bonding, education, and peer support where newcomers are welcomed and pampered. Program chair Brenda Dixon says supplies are always needed for the retreat’s goody bags and workshop sessions.
Here’s what they can use:
- Blank journals
- Body and hand lotions
- Organic shampoos
- Hand sanitizer (alcohol free)
- Inspirational bookmarks, books, CDs (such as sounds of nature, flutes, etc.)
- Warm footies
- Healthy individual snacks
Items may be dropped off at Blue Jacket Books in Xenia, 60 S. Detroit St., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturdays and at Sinclair Conference Center, Building 12, Room 101 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Items or donations (tax deductible) can be mailed to: Noble Circle, P.O. Box 117, West Milton, OH 45383.
For reservations to the upcoming fashion show and luncheon, tickets are $50-$75. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Although the spring retreat is now full, there will be another in the fall, Sept. 11-13. If you’re interested contact Brenda Dixon, (937) 901-2416 or e-mail her at email@example.com There is a limit of 15 women for each retreat.
For more information on The Noble Circle Project, see www.noblecircle.org or call (937) 674-5566.
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