Westfield cancer survivor to speak at Indiana Women in Need foundation event

By Anna Skinner

Sonya Evans remembers that when she was in the throes of breast cancer, the Indiana Women in Need foundation provided a helping hand in terms of money for food. The foundation provided Evans with $500 toward groceries.

Sonya Evans hikes through the mountains with her family after recovering from cancer. Top, from left, Lucas and Sonya Evans. Bottom, from left, Lucy, Rob and Madelyn Evans. (Submitted photo)

Now, two years later and having beat cancer, the Westfield resident will speak at IWIN’s popular Pink Pajama Party, sharing her experience with the foundation and memories of her mother.

“The gist of my (speech) is telling my story of how when I was 8 years old, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer and then went through that for about six years and then passed away from that when I was 14,” Evans said. “Fast forward to these years, and now I’m married and a mom with three kids, and I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the same age as she was. I will just be talking about that and some similarities. Now I’m a mom, so I can kind of relate to my mom a little bit and how she was feeling and getting through everything with my kids and my family and husband.”

This will be Evans’ first time speaking at the event. She has not attended before.

The event features services for women and will offer a silent auction, spa treatments, dinner, live music, yoga and breakfast with multiple speakers.

Although registration for the event has closed, those interested can donate at iwinfoundation.org.