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Cross Stitch Event Raises Money For Breast Cancer Patients
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Cross Stitch Event Raises Money for Breast Cancer Patients

Breast cancer is one of the most common types of cancers in women in the United States of America today.

Major improvements have been made in the overall quality and success of medical treatments offered today. These advancements have had a direct result on the steadying of mortality rates of people diagnosed with breast cancer. Continuing research will continue to make a difference now and in the future.

Hospitals and research units are constantly aiming to upgrade their medical equipment. This is so that breast cancer patients can be offered the best diagnosis and treatment options. Most of this equipment is highly specialised and very costly. Continuous funding has to be provided to ensure the most up to date equipment is available for patients.

Fundraising is an enjoyable and essential way of assisting in the battle against breast cancer. Raising money for any special cause can be very worthwhile. Many different types of fundraising events for breast cancer research are held worldwide through the year.

Examples of these events include morning teas, luncheons, gala dinners, benefit concerts, shopping expeditions, film nights, head shaving days, art shows and many more.

One interesting and noteworthy event that has raised many thousands of dollars over the years for this cause is a stitch-a-thon that is held once a year. This year's actual event is known as the 11th Annual Breast Cancer Stich-A-Thon. It is a wonderful annual fundraising event that is held in Battle Creek, Michigan, USA and it has been helping to raise money for breast cancer for many years. This fundraiser has raised support for programs on breast cancer at Battle Creek Health System (BCHS).

The yearly Stitch-A-Thon began back in yhe year 2001 by Thelma Edwards. Thelma, previous owner of the Flying Stitch, along with her staff started this effort out of empathy for one of their friends that had been diagnosed with breast cancer. They decided to hold a fundraiser and to donate proceeds to local cancer programs. Kelly Keating, the new Flying Stitch owner, is keenly continuing the tradition. They have raised and donated more than $33,000 over the years for The Cancer Care Center at BCHS.

Cross stitchers and non-stitchers came together in recent times, to gain support for breast cancer programmes as part of this year's Breast Cancer Stitch-A-Thon. At the end of the day, after raising almost $1,600 for breast cancer patients, they also raised awareness about the disease itself.

More than half of the monies raised will remain in Battle Creek and are used to purchase Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book Alternatively, the monies will go toward a fund for sufferers of breast cancer who are unable to afford their medicine, wigs and prostheses.

The remaining monies from the local fund-raising effort will be shared with the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the American Cancer Society.


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