MOSCOW— On Oct. 25, the 15th Annual Pink Tea and 2nd annual Pink Cocktail raised more than $150,000 to assist local residents prevent, treat and recover from cancer.
Funds raised from the program will support Gritman’s Bosom Buddies, a non-profit that offers screening mammograms for local women who cannot otherwise afford them, Gritman’s Light a Candle, an organization that funds services for local 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 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. This year, a portion of the contributions to the Cancer Care Fund will help purchase the Affirm and Trident Breast Biopsy Guideline System which will enhance Gritman’s existing 3D Mammography system.
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 speakers for both events were Dr. Edmund O. and Beatriz Schweitzer, Tina McClure and Kelly Schiavoni. The speakers’ heartfelt presentations moved many to tears as they shared their personal cancer stories.
Highlights of this year's events included guest speaker Patricia Kempthorne, former First Lady of Idaho, Dr. Geoffrey Stiller, 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. Special video messages were prepared and shared at the event; the videos featured by Moscow Mayor Bill Lambert and Moscow City Council member, John Weber.
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.