Cuenca expat cancer survivor makes hats to support cancer research

May 2, 2018

More than six-and-a-half years ago, expat Jolene Wilson-Glah, was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. This Saturday, May 5, will marks six years since she was declared cancer free, an anniversary she plans to celebrate in conjunction with the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby.

Jolene shows off a hat ready for Saturday’s Kentucky Derby party.

Looking to make a difference for women going through cancer treatment, Jolene started making and decorating hats. Three years ago, Mansion Alcazar began hosting a Kentucky Derby party featuring mint juleps, fried chicken, games, televised Derby activities, and a hat contest. Jolene started decorating hats for that event and this year, is selling her hats to raise money for the Susan Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer research. In her collection for sale are three prize winning hats.

On Thursday, at the eX-spot pop up at 2-80 Calle Large, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Jolene will also be selling her hats and serving cookies and rosé wine, all to raise funds for breast cancer research.

One of the two dozen hats waiting for its new owner.

For a donation of $25, she will also provide tulle, flowers and other supplies to decorate your own hat. Five dollars from every hat sold will also benefit a local breast cancer organization which supports people battling this disease.

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In November of this year, Jolene will walk her 8th Komen three-day event, walking 60 miles in three days,  all in an effort to eradicate breast cancer in her lifetime.

The public is invited to the eX-spot on Thursday for fun, fashion and fundraising. And make sure to get your ticket for the Kentucky Derby party at Mansion Alcazar on Saturday. The party starts at 3, featuring a three course meal with wine or beer, songs by Umberto, and, of course, live televised coverage of the “Run for the Roses.”

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