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Cochran receives special award

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Shana Cochran is showing the signed print that she painted and used to raise funds for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The print hung in several businesses around the area allowing Cochran to raise $1,600 for the fight against breast cancer. The original painting can be seen at the Spring River Art Gallery in Hardy. Photo by Jan Thompson
THAYER -- A local woman, Shana Cochran of Thayer, has been awarded the Above and Beyond Award.

The award was presented by the Arkansas Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Cochran, an art teacher and the owner of Shana Cochran's Art in Thayer, and a cancer survivor herself, painted a special picture. Signed prints of the picture entitled "Eternal Hope" were displayed at FNBC at Ash Flat and Mammoth Spring, Mammoth Spring Bank, the Bank of Thayer and Simmons First National Bank at Mammoth Spring.

"These banks displayed my signed prints and people who came in bought some of them. The Thayer-Mammoth Spring Rotary Club also sold a couple of the prints," Cochran said.

In all, she raised $1,600 from selling the prints and donated the money to the Arkansas Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Cochran shared a letter from the foundation that said they had awarded over $1.2 million in grants this year, in addition to educating thousands through outreach programs and events. The letter said, "this is only possible through the help of dedicated organizations like Shana Cochran's Art."

"The Bible says use the talent you have to serve and that is what I have done," she said.

She said one of her best friends, Deloris Pendarvis died of breast cancer. Numerous other friends in the area, Jo Kaye Smith, Suzanne Callahan and many more have been affected by breast cancer.

"Women don't need to think they have to be older to have breast cancer. I think of Bill and Carleen William's daughter, Barbara, who died of breast cancer when she was only in her 20s," Cochran said. She said she was also inspired by her stepson, Dr. Chris Cochran's wife Nicki's mother, Ann Reid of El Dorado, Ark., who struggled with breast cancer.

The original painting can be seen at the Spring River Art Gallery at Hardy. She said some of the signed prints are still available for sale.

"I thank the entire area for all the support and purchasing the prints. This is all about awareness. Women need to know what is going on with their bodies," Cochran said.

The Executive Director of the Arkansas Affiliate of the Susan G. Kormen Breast Cancer Foundation is Sherrye McBryde.

"It is people like Shana that are instrumental in the success of the Koman for the Cure Foundation. We thank her for her dedicated service. By working in the community and raising funds for our cause, Shana has demonstrated a commitment and extraordinary resolution in furthering our mission in the fight against breast cancer," McBryde said.

For further information about the prints or how to purchase the prints, Cochran can be reached at 870-625-3915.

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