By Alton Mitchell
The Courthouse Square in downtown LaFayette is about to get a temporary makeover in the month of September thanks to a local organization that continues the legacy of its founder in hopes of saving the lives of women around Chambers County and east Alabama.
On Monday evening the Chambers County Commission presented Linda Parker a proclamation proclaiming the month of September as Gynecological and Ovarian Cancer awareness month in Chambers County. The proclamation is something commissioners have done in the past and with it comes the decoration of downtown LaFayette as well as other parts of the county with teal ribbons meant to bring awareness to the deadly cancer that claims thousands of lives annually.
Linda Parker was filling in for Edna “Nan” Galik who founded the organization Teal Magnolias in Chambers County in 2012. Galik, a LaFayette resident had become a familiar face at governmental meetings across Chambers County speaking out on prevention and detection for the deadly cancer. Galik herself was a 14-year survivor of gynecological cancer.
Galik passed away on June 25th, 2017. Her death was not related to the cancer which she had overcome according to Parker. Parker also sees the work started by Galik as only a starting point and the continued growth of Teal Magnolias will represent the legacy of Galik.
LaFayete City Council members were also set to issue a proclamation on Monday night to Parker proclaiming that the city of LaFayette would recognize the event. Mayor Barry Moody announced that the LaFayette city council meeting will be moved to Wednesday August 30th at 11:00 a.m. and the proclamation should be issued at that time.