Alberta Cancer Finds $70,000 Bosom Buddy

 

In 2008 they raised $12,000.00 and in 2009 it was $17,000.00! Then in 2010 it jumped to $20,000 and in 2011 to $20,065.00!  That’s almost $70,000 in four short years. “We generated about $21,000 last year,” explains Cheryl McKerrall “which by global standards probably looks rather small but in a small community, this amount goes a long way.” 
Although the final tally for 2012 isn’t in at time of press, Cheryl McKerrall one of the 12 ladies who put in countless hours planning and hosting the Bosom Buddies fundraiser did report, “Judging by the crowd, silent auction numbers, live auction numbers, raffle ticket numbers, Bosom Buddy calendar sales and so many people involved,  Bosom Buddy 2012 was extremely successful. Once again we are raising much needed funds for area residents going through cancer treatments.” 
The planning and hosting team, Sharon Seidel, Cheryl Semeniuk, Lori Fipke, Maureen Fisk, Cheryl McKerrall, Susan Perkins, Cheryl Satre, Bev Perkins, Marlaine Gray, Arlene Jackson, Teresa Thompson and Cindy Leonhart are to be commended for the hours of dedication put into this annual event.
Cheryl explains the purpose of the fundraiser. “We give the money generated from our fundraiser to the Alberta Cancer Foundation with special designation to Patient Financial Assistance. The funds are flagged for members of our community but not necessarily specific JUST to THEIR needs. In others words, funds not used will still be used by people in need. We have in the past kept a portion of these funds in our account to purchase food gift certificates from M & M's for local families that we know are going through Cancer treatment. These certificates are well received and we get the names of these families from the local pharmacy or generally word-of- mouth." 
 
Donna Payne experienced a need first hand
Although Donna Payne is no longer involved, she was a founder of the fundraiser. “Founded by Donna Payne of the Country Sampler in 2002, the Bosom Buddies program was created when her daughter was diagnosed with breast cancer. Donna immediately saw that there was no way a single low income mother could afford to have cancer. Without the help of her parents, Donna's daughter would have lost her home and been forced to move while she suffered. Donna was concerned for those who couldn't get help and so Bosom Buddies was created.
There are many people who don't have the means to provide the necessities when cancer strikes like parents of children who are stricken, husbands whose wives are in treatment, seniors on fixed incomes, young families who can barely afford babysitting while mom needs treatment, the list is endless. The need for financial assistance can devastate a family.
Cancer strikes unexpectedly and suddenly patients need costly medications, child care, accommodation and even parking money. Many patients have no Blue Cross and it takes 3 months to acquire it. If the patient is the primary breadwinner then they can find themselves with only 55% of their income. Many live away from the City and need accommodation that can be quite lengthy, especially in the case of radiation that can go on for many weeks.”
It is a very humbling experience for most of these patients and their families to ask for help. We have the means. Millions of dollars are raised every year for Cancer research. It is the goal of "Bosom Buddies" to keep raising money to give to the Alberta Cancer Foundation Cross Cancer Institute and specifically to the Patient Financial Assistance Program.” 
Bosom Buddy partners
Cheryl talks about all the partners that help make the event possible. “We also work with the Village at Pigeon Lake and Chamber of Commerce. We will work their registration tables for their various events and they in turn will give us a small return from ticket sales to add to our cause. 
There is a Bosom Buddy calendar in the workings that will be for sale by Xmas that will showcase Cancer survivors from our community, pictures taken of scenes from around the area, with additional inspirational aphorisms. These pictures are all taken by one of our members who is a freelance photographer, Teresa Thompson.”  The sales of Village Shopping Bags at the Village Market and summer events help raise funds as well. Donations may be dropped off at ATB in the Village.
 
More Stories:
  • Spirit of Giving Strong In Leduc On Friday, November 14, the Leduc & District Chamber of Commerce hosted its Annual ‘Spirit Of Giving’ Luncheon. Close to three hundred regional business people gathered to celebrate the Festive Season and to collectively ...
  • Falun East Beef 4-H Club Update On September 24, 2014, 15 members of the Falun East 4-H Beef Club met up for their first meeting of the year. 15 bright, and joyful members met up in hopes of having a great season with their steer and also their club. The ...
  • Wetaskiwin Youth Respect Veterans When I (Barry McDonald) met Lindsay Yargeau, representative of the youth of Wetaskiwin, at the Remembrance Day ceremonies and chatted with her about her views of Remembrance Day and what the event meant to youth in Wetaskiwin ...
  • Millet Remembers With 400 Strong The Honour Guard led the parade through Millet streets down to the Cenotaph, after a meaningful Remembrance Day Service which filled the Griffiths-Scott school gymnasium. Participants included the Wetaskiwin Air Cadets, RCMP ...
  • Stories Of Remembrance - Warburg The 2014 Royal Canadian Legion Branch # 205—Warburg Remembrance Day Service was held in the Community Hall with Legion President Ralph van Assen, Pastor Glen McBride, Pianist Caroline McDonald, Service Officer Frank Moar, ...
  • Telford House Christmas Craft Sale The Annual Telford House Christmas Craft Sale was held on Saturday and Sunday, November 15th and 16th. Telford House was filled with booths and displays of various artisans from Leduc and area. Quilting, woodcrafts, toques ...
  • 2 Accounts Of Leduc’s Remembrance Day Tom Dirsa It was just before 11am when Iain Weikl, President of the Leduc Canadian Legion Post #108, stood in front of the Cenotaph and invited the large standing crowd to participate in remembering those who served and are ...
  • Flags Of Remembrance In Sylvan Lake In Sylvan Lake, a thriving community south of Leduc, an event was created this year by Veteran Voices of Canada (VVC) and its founder Al Cameron, to honor Canadian veterans. The Flags of Remembrance was a proud display of ...
  • Edmonton Icon Gone Forever Since January 1958, the Edmonton Petroleum Club has been a shiny, chic element of the capital’s cultural fabric. An imposing structure, it sits on a large property near Kingsway Garden Mall, rich in tall spruce trees and ...
  • 7th Annual Christmas In Mulhurst Bay On December 6th and 7th, 2014 Mulhurst Bay will be holding the 7th year of ‘Christmas in Mulhurst Bay’. This event involves five homes on the Christmas tour and a Christmas craft sale. The craft sale is held at the Mulhurst ...
  • Wetaskiwin FCSS Women’s Conference The well attended 8th Annual City of Wetaskiwin Women’s Conference once again provided an interesting and informative day covering a number of areas that contribute to health and a sense of well-being. The seating at round ...
  • Wetaskiwin Firefighters Social Club Lit Up Main Street — Santa Claus Parade At 6:15 pm on Friday, November 14th, 2014, vehicles and people began converging on 50 Avenue (Main Street) in Wetaskiwin and spectators began lining the entire parade route stretching from 53rd Street to 47th Street. All ...
  • Canadian Tire’s Festival Of Trees Canadian Tire’s Festival of Trees was held at the Leduc Recreation Centre (LRC) on Saturday, November 15th and Sunday, November 16th. Over 30 trees were on display from various business and community organizations. Patrons ...
  • Calmar Remembers November 11 started off as cool and cloudy in Central Alberta. At 9:30 sharp the Town of Calmar’s Annual Service of Commemoration started outside the Legion Hall. A Color Party marched to the west side of the building where ...
  • Leduc Continues To Grow Signs of Leduc City’s growth can be seen no matter where in the city you live. Most of the time it is steady and barely visible, but for the past month or so, that has not been the case. In the southeast, where Rollyview ...
  • Albertan Inducted into 4-H Hall of Fame Charlie Gould of Rosalind has been inducted into the 4-H Alberta Hall of Fame in recognition of his service to 4-H and his community. Alberta’s 4-H program is the largest youth organization in the province, developing leadership ...
  • Santa's Anonymous Submitted by Alder Flats, Buck Lake, Winfield and surrounding areas Santa’s Anonymous Committee It is nearing the Christmas season and we are reminded that there are some families who do not have the resources to give their ...
  • Honouring Farming Excellence Every year in the fall, a large contingent of farming families, county and MD leaders and elected officials gather in Edmonton to honour the recipients of the Farm Family Awards of Northern Alberta. A similar event is held ...
  • Black Gold Student Leadership Symposium The Black Gold Regional School Division (BGRS) hosted a Leadership Symposium on Thursday, November 6, 2014. A total of 140 students, teachers and parents from Black Gold schools attended the BGRS Student Leadership Symposium ...
  • Show Your 4-H Colors In the context of Farm Fair International, November 5th was the much-anticipated Farm Family Awards at the Expo Centre, a special day to honour farm families of Northern Alberta. Several guests stood at the podium offering ...




 
  • Leduc Radio Ad
  • Industrial Netmedia
  • Industrial Netmedia
  • Industrial Netmedia