March 21, 2002

Cancer Crusade Kick-Off Dinner Set For April 2

The Scotland County Unit of the American Cancer Society will hear from both a cancer survivor as well as a cancer caregiver at the group's annual Cancer Crusade Kick-Off dinner to be held at Keith's Café April 2 at 6:30 p.m.

Connie Courtney has become a strong advocate of prevention, awareness and early treatment for cancer after not only battling the disease as a patient but also as a caregiver to her late husband.

She will address the guests at the annual event regarding the ongoing battle against cancer that this community sees up close and personal on a daily basis.

Courtney was born in Lincoln, NE. She spent her early years in Denver, CO before coming to Scotland County. She attended the Fairview School north of Arbela before graduating from Memphis High School. She went on to earn a B.S. in Education as well as a Master of Arts and Education Specialist degrees from Northeast Missouri State University.

She married her husband, the late John Courtney, in 1968. Her son, Foster is a graduate of Scotland County R-I High School and currently is in his sophomore year at Culver-Stockton College. Her parents also call northeast Missouri home as they are residents of the Maple Lawn Care Center in Palmyra.

Courtney started her career as an educator in 1965 in the Clark County school system. She then spent two years teaching in Kansas City before returning to Memphis where she has been employed by SCR-I for 34 years. She has filled the role of teacher, counselor and now administrator as the high school principal.

The Crusade Kick-Off is a Dutch treat meal. For reservations contact Maxine Cook at 465-2511 or 465-2204 or Dorothy Harvey at 465-8566 by March 30.

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