Weekly Raffles to Benefit the Beck Challenge
September 24, 2009In observance of national breast cancer awareness month, the Franklin Community Health Network Foundation Office is sponsoring a weekly raffle in October to support the Beck Challenge. This challenge fund provides free postoperative garments to patients of the Martha B. Webber Breast Center who undergo surgical breast procedures.
According to organizer Julie Sexton, each week will have a specific theme with raffle goodies packaged in beautiful handmade baskets. The themes are: sports week, go big with a small budget, you gotta love Maine week, Halloween, and winter is coming.
Every $25 raised provides a garment for a woman undergoing a procedure such as a breast biopsy or mastectomy. The post-surgery garments are lightweight—designed for function and comfort—and come in all sizes. “Depending upon the garment needed, some have a pocket for a temporary prosthetic, as well as pockets for drains and a place for an ice pack. The garments are both therapeutic and feminine,” said Sexton. “Women can maintain their dignity and be medically compliant at the same time.” If a patient needs additional surgery the garment can be reused.
According to staff at the breast center, there has been positive feedback regarding the garments. One patient who came in for breast surgery remarked, “I wish I had had this when I had surgery on my lung. I couldn’t wear a bra for six months, but I could have worn this camisole.”
Each weekly raffle prize basket will be on display in the hospital lobby and tickets can be purchased at the Gift Shop at Franklin Memorial Hospital. Prices are $5 for three tickets, $7 for five, and $20 for 15 chances. Drawings will take place every Friday in October at 3 p.m.
For more information contact Julie Sexton at 779-2750 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Martha B. Webber Breast Care Center provides women with timely access to state-of-the-art breast cancer screening, diagnostic, clinical, and care-support services. The Center is located in the Franklin Health Medical Arts Center in Farmington and at FMH Outpatient Services in Livermore Falls. It memorializes a Carrabassett Valley resident who died from breast cancer.
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