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Forrest General’s Spirit of Women presents One Couple, Two Cancers, Three Lessons with Nan and Charlie Kelley - Forrest Health
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    Published on December 01, 2015

    Forrest General’s Spirit of Women presents One Couple, Two Cancers, Three Lessons with Nan and Charlie Kelley


    Hattiesburg, Miss. (December 1, 2015)– Thursday, December 17, Forrest General’s Spirit of women will welcome Nan and Charlie Kelley to talk about their journeys through cancer.

    The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Southern Oaks House and Gardens, 1246 Richburg Road in Hattiesburg. Nan and Charlie will use this time to sing a few songs and share photos while they discuss the lessons they learned from battling cancer together. Nan will also sign copies of her new cookbook, One Pan Nan: One Pan Cooking for One Pan Cleanup. Proceeds from book sales at the event are being generously donated to the Healing Garden at Forrest General’s Cancer Center. 

    “We are happy to have Nan and Charlie coming to share their remarkable story and talents with us. We also feel incredibly thankful that they have chosen to donate proceeds from the book sales to the construction of the Healing Garden. This is yet another way that they will impact patients for years to come,” said Kathy Emmons, Spirit of Women coordinator.

    Former Miss Mississippi and Hattiesburg native, Nan Kelley has hosted the Top 20 Countdown for Great American Country since 2003. In April 2008, with her career in full swing, Nan was diagnosed with B Cell Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. With her husband, Grammy nominated musician and producer Charlie Kelley, at her side, Nan began a treatment strategy consisting of four months of chemotherapy followed by radiation treatments. In November 2008, three short weeks after Nan completed her treatment, the couple was dealt another difficult blow—Charlie had colon cancer.

    “To be facing cancer again together was just beyond anything we could have imagined,” Charlie said in a 2013 interview with Pearl Point Cancer Support. 

    Today, after recovering from their experiences with cancer, Charlie and Nan have become involved with organizations fighting to make a difference in the lives of people suffering from the disease. They also travel frequently to talk about their personal journeys and how faith, music and love brought them through the worst.

    Charlie had encouraged Nan to start talking about her diagnosis from the beginning. Nan said, “The outpouring of love from viewers was incredible. Talking about cancer raises awareness and also encourages a better understanding about screening and prevention.”

    The cost to attend the event is $25 for Spirit of Women members and $35 for non-members. Limited space is available, and the deadline for registration is Monday, December 14. To register, call 601-288-4968 or register online at