October is traditionally breast cancer awareness month, and several local businesses and organizations that raised money during that month to support local breast cancer patients and survivors recently made donations to the Fayette County Memorial Hospital (FCMH) Foundation’s Partners in Pink program.
The Great Oaks/Miami Trace FFA recently presented a check for over $14,000 from Paint the Town Pink t-shirt sales sold this fall. Tanger Outlets Jeffersonville presented a check for close to $7,400 from the proceeds of its PinkStyle Savings Cards also sold in the fall. Donatos, Hays Tire & Auto and Boutique on Main also made presentations to the foundation for $825, $820 and $134.61, respectively, after having special fundraisers of their own in October to benefit Partners in Pink (PIP). The combined total of donations to PIP reached $22,556.41.
“We are again amazed by the overwhelming support the community has shown for Partners in Pink,” said FCMH Foundation Director Whitney Gentry. “In the last year we have been able to expand the program to provide even more services.”
Through the program, Gentry explains, the funds help out with diagnosis and additional services to patients and survivors.
“Initially the program helped fund mammograms and diagnostic ultrasounds for women who might not otherwise be able to afford the testing. In the last year, we have added diagnostic MRIs to the list of procedures for which PIP will offset the cost for qualifying women.”
For patients and survivors, PIP has also covered the cost of a massage, meditation classes and has recently added eyebrow microblading, wigs, head coverings and yoga.
To qualify for the diagnostic assistance, women must meet certain income and insurance guidelines. To find out more information about qualifying, women are encouraged to call the FCMH Central Scheduling line at 740-333-3333. For yoga, meditation, microblading, wigs and headcoverings, a woman must simply be a breast cancer patient or survivor whose last treatment occurred within 24 months.
Applications are available at participating businesses – Indigo Roots Studio, Trends, and Serene Spaces – or at the Foundation office inside Medical Arts Building 1.