MOSCOW— The 14th Annual Pink Tea and inaugural Pink Cocktail raised $70,000 on Tuesday, with 100 percent of the funds raised going to assist local residents prevent, treat and recover from cancer.
Funds raised from the program will support Bosom Buddies, a local non-profit that offers screening mammograms for local women who cannot otherwise afford them, Gritman’s Light A Candle, an organization that funds for services for cancer patients and the Gritman Cancer Care Fund, a newly established unrestricted fund to care for patients needs through every step of their cancer journey.
The two events were held at the Best Western Plus University Inn on October 27 and drew more than 700 generous individuals and businesses, all commitment to supporting local cancer patients through Bosom Buddies, Light A Candle and the Gritman Cancer Care Fund.
For women with no insurance or high deductibles, the Bosom Buddies program can be a lifesaver. Women can either get a referral from their physician or call Gritman Women's Imaging Center, (208) 883-5377, to set up an appointment for a free screening mammogram. Since 2000, Bosom Buddies has helped more than 1,000 women get mammograms. A screening mammogram costs approximately $325.
The keynote speaker for both events was LaRea Pearson, a breast cancer patient and RN at Gritman Medical Center. Pearson’s presentation moved many to tears as she spoke on the hope she gained from the hardships she and her family faced after her diagnosis.
Highlights of this year's Pink Tea and Pink Cocktail included guest speaker Mayor Bill Lambert, Dr. Geoffrey Stiller, breast cancer survivor Tina McClure, who gave a one-year update on her journey, and Dr. Christin Reisenauer, medical director for Gritman’s Women’s Imaging Center, who explained the impact Gritman’s 3-D mammography machine has had on the Palouse. Kara Besst, Gritman CEO, and Scott Nelson, Director of Imaging at Gritman Medical Center served as emcees.
Donations to the three funds are still being accepted and can be made to the Gritman Medical Center Foundation, 700 S. Main, Moscow, ID 83843.