Mercy goes pink for breast cancer

Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Stephanie Clymer, supply chain tech at the hospital and member of the Mercy Service Team, digs through a box of pink ribbons to find the perfect one. Mercy Hospital in Cassville is selling the ribbons at $1 each to help raise money for the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks. Kyle Troutman editor@cassville-democrat.com

Annual fundraiser aims to benefit local patients

For the third consecutive year, employees at Mercy Hospital in Cassville will be wearing pink to spread breast cancer awareness throughout the month of October.

Stephanie Clymer, supply chain tech at the hospital and member of the Mercy Service Team, is again spearheading the effort, which with the help of the Cassville Auxiliary, raised more than triple its goal last year. This year, the hospital hopes to raise $300.

The hospital sells pink ribbons, and even pink camouflage ribbons for the fellows, at $1 each, and they ask employees and members of the community who purchase the pink pins to wear them throughout the month of October. Ribbons may be purchased from Clymer in materials management, or at the Auxiliary gift shop.

The hospital this year is also holding a drawing for a pink scarf, which Clymer made herself. Tickets for the drawing are $1 each, and the drawing will be held on Oct. 30 at noon. Tickets may be purchased from Clymer, or at the Auxiliary gift shop.

Proceeds from the pins and the ticket sales will benefit the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks.

"It's a yarn crochet, and I make them because I enjoy it and because it's fun," she said. "I made a pink one this year for breast cancer awareness and to help raise money for the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks."

Clymer lost her aunt to breast cancer in 1996, and said she has seen multiple friends battle the disease and survive.

"It means a lot to me to raise money and awareness for people to see there's hope and there's people out there who care," she said. "The Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks does so much in helping women pay for their mammograms, or helping with expenses during treatment. They are also there for the community and offer support."

The Springfield-based foundation serves 30 counties in southwest Missouri, southeast Kansas, northwest Arkansas and northeast Oklahoma, offering financial assistance, free mammogram screening programs, a children's fund and support groups.

In 2013, following the hospital's dropping of its Relay for Life team and the decision to sell the ribbons as a way to stay involved in fundraising for the disease, Clymer said the pins raised $200, and the hospital matched for a $400 donation.

On Dec. 3, 2014, Jason Gomez, assistant executive director of the Foundation, was at the Cassville campus to accept a $616 contribution from the Mercy Service Team, which included a $300 match. The team also collected aluminum cans to be recycled, with those proceeds benefitting the team in its direct efforts to help patients.

For more information about the hospital fundraiser, people may call 417-847-6000. For more information about the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks, people may call 417-862-3838, or visit www.bcfo.org.

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