For many, surviving breast cancer brings them into the sisterhood in pink – perhaps none more than Heidi Marble and Jen Curfman. These two feisty ladies, who are sisters by blood, are also breast cancer survivors.

The Northeast Hospital Foundation's annual “In the Pink of Health” luncheon will take place Oct. 17, from 10:30-1:30, at the Houston Airport Marriott. Marble and Curfman will be the guest speakers, presenting their story, “Skin Tight Genes.”

Marble explained that she didn't even know she had a sister until she began searching for her birth mother. When she eventually found her birth mother, she learned about Curfman. That was about 16 years ago.

“Finding my sister was such a treasure,” said Marble. “Especially after not even knowing she existed.”

It was later that the two each fought their own battles with breast cancer. Although they live on different sides of the country, they make time to be together, and enjoy being able to talk to others about their stories.

“Us speaking together has been a wonderful new adventure,” said Marble.

She explained that she and Curfman dealt with their diagnoses with little similarity.

“We cope really differently … so hearing from both of us is really a two-for-one,” she said with a laugh.

In keeping with the sisters' Skin Tight Genes theme, many attendees, as well as the table centerpieces, will be donned in denim.

Devon Alexander, of Lone Star College, and Lynette Calfee, retired but still going strong, will be honored at the event for their service and dedication to the cause, as well as the community.

“I was very surprised, and humbled, when I found out that I would be honored,” said Alexander. “It has been my great pleasure working with this wonderful event over the years.”

Calfee said that her community involvement was instilled by her father many years ago.

“He would ask me, 'Do you have money? Do you have your license? Can you buy it in Humble?'”

She explained that he always encourage supporting the community in which she lived, and she has done so all of her life.

“When you live in a city, it's just a good thing to involve yourself … It doesn't have to be something big, just some worthwhile cause that will help your community.”

The Foundation's annual luncheon has proven to be just such a cause for both Calfee and Alexander.

Proceeds from the In the Pink of Health Luncheon benefit the community programs of the Northeast Hospital Foundation and Memorial Hermann Cancer Center-Northeast. Among the programs is Project Mammogram, which provides free mammograms to women and men in the hospital's service area with no insurance or insurance with high deductibles.

Table sponsorships and individual tickets are available. Whether attending with a group of regulars or as an individual for the first time, the event will offer good food, inspiration, a welcoming atmosphere and good fun, all for a great cause.

Raffle tickets are available now for numerous prize packages that will be on display at the event. They always draw lots of attention and hopeful anticipation. Tickets may also be purchased that day.

For more information, call 281-540-7817 or 281-540-7809.



Heidi Marble, left, and Jen Curfman, will be the speakers at the In the Pink of Health Luncheon Oct. 17 at the Houston Airport Marriott.

Lynette Calfee, left, and Devon Alexander will be honored at the Oct. 17 luncheon.

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