The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

Local News

October 11, 2012

Fun event serves serious purpose

GREENVILLE — Tonight’s Bras for the Cause promises an evening of fun and games, as people vote for their favorite decorated undergarments.

But the event serves a much more serious purpose, in helping to provide hope to victims of breast cancer by benefiting Janice’s  Closet through the Hunt Regional Healthcare Foundation.

“Bras for the Cause doesn’t have a bank account, so every penny comes here,” said the Foundation’s Lisa Hill.

Janice’s Closet was named in honor of Janice Weldon, who died in 2010 after dedicating her life to volunteering for multiple causes.

Hill said the first Bras for the Cause in 2009 raised $3,000 for the Foundation’s Fit Steps program, which provided free physical therapy rehabilitation services.

The 2010 Bras for the Cause raised $25,000, with the money going toward supplies — such as wigs and breast prostheses — needed by breast cancer patients who might otherwise not be able to afford them.

“We thought Bras for the Cause could help pay for those things,” Hill said.

Martha Hamilton and Donna Hughes serve as the Certified Mastectomy Fitters for the organization.

“We have bras and prostheses in all sizes and shapes,” Hill said.

The 2011 Bras for the Cause raised $40,000 for Janice’s Closet and the Foundation.

“We’ve got about $35,000 in the bank right now,” Hill noted.

The money can pay for items such as compression garments for lymphadema patients and selections under the Foundation’s Care Couture service.

“This year we’ve added patient treatment gowns,” Hill said. “These are very cool.”

The gowns are specially designed to aid patients receiving care for breast cancer and related ailments.

“The women really appreciate these,” Hill explained. “It really makes life much simpler for them.”

The funds can also be provided for patients needing assistance with their prescriptions and gas cards for those patients who need to make multiple trips during a week for treatment.

Hill said all of the above are available to the Foundation, thanks to Bras for the Cause.

“Every penny raised is used to provide these services,” Hill said.

1
Text Only
Local News
Featured Ads
Photos


See more photos and purchase prints here.

Poll

Does Dallas head coach Jason Garrett need for the Cowboys to make the playoffs during the 2014 football season to keep his job?

Yes
No
Who knows with Jerry Jones as owner?
     View Results
Facebook
AP Video
Renewed Violence Taking Toll on Gaza Residents 2 Americans Detained in North Korea Seek Help US Employers Add 209K Jobs, Rate 6.2 Pct House GOP Optimistic About New Border Bill Gaza Truce Unravels; Israel, Hamas Trade Blame Raw: Tunisia Closes Borders With Libya Four Rescued From Crashed Plane Couple Channel Grief Into Soldiers' Retreat WWI Aviation Still Alive at Aerodrome in NY Raw: Rescuers at Taiwan Explosion Scene Raw: Woman Who Faced Death Over Faith in N.H. Clinton Before 9-11: Could Have Killed Bin Laden Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction
Must Read
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Reader's Choice