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Published on November 25, 2009

Breastival Event Benefits KishHealth System Oncology

November 25, 2009 

Seated: Eleanor Pierce, Marylou Pierce Smith; from left: Kris Gillis, Jamie Woods, and Terry Dorval; on right: Renee Ellingson and Deb Bemis.

Seated: Eleanor Pierce, Marylou Pierce Smith; from left: Kris Gillis,
Jamie Woods, and Terry Dorval; on right: Renee Ellingson and Deb
Bemis.

Pierce Harley-Davidson’s Bosom Buddies Breastival, hosted recently at the motorcycle shop in DeKalb, was a success. Proceeds totaling $3,376 from the event went to Kishwaukee Health Foundation for KishHealth System Oncology for wigs and breast prostheses for women with cancer and who cannot afford them.

The event featured activities, breast health information, music, silent, and live auctions. At the live auction, a Harley-Davidson themed quilt was offered. Kris Gillis, events coordinator at Pierce Harley-Davidson, said that a few years ago, Carey Likens, in Kansas, began making quilts from donated t-shirts with the store’s logo which were sold to benefit breast cancer research. This year, Gillis requested that Likens make a quilt for the first annual event.

Deb Bemis, Director of Oncology Services for KishHealth System said, “Cancer can have a negative impact on women’s image of herself due to mastectomy and/or loss of hair. Some insurance companies will pay for the costs of wigs and prosthesis.  Having the ability to provide these to women who cannot afford them or do not have insurance coverage is wonderful.”

Renee Ellingson, Executive Director of Kishwaukee Health Foundation said, “We are incredibly grateful for the gift from Pierce-Harley Davidson. They had a very successful event which will benefit many women in our community. Thank you for your hard work and generosity.”

KishHealth System plans to open the new cancer center in the spring of 2011. The 21,000-square-foot addition to the already 5,500-square-foot center will accommodate diagnostic scans, a lab, medical oncology, radiation oncology, classroom space, complementary medicine, and a boutique.

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