A special group of individuals from Robinson, Illinois has once again made
a large donation to Good Samaritan’s Breast Care Center. With their
most recent contribution of $9,000, they have donated more than $52,000
to help local breast cancer patients.
The group’s leader, and breast cancer survivor, Kathy Arnold, is
the driving force behind supporting Good Samaritan. “My reasoning
for supporting Good Samaritan began in 2007 when I was diagnosed with
breast cancer and received my radiation treatments,” said Arnold.
“I was so impressed with Dr. [Kurt] Maddock and other staff for
the way I was taken care of and treated as if I was the only patient they
had. Their love and care for me and my family was phenomenal.”
Arnold and her husband, Chris, along with; Warren and Brenda Salesman,
Cory and Stephanie Groves, Dean and Sandy Clark, and Lisa and Kay Clark,
have worked endlessly to raise funds for the Breast Care Center at Good
Samaritan. Activities have included their Think Pink Charity Ride, which
has been going strong for the past seven years, 5K and 10K runs, raffles,
live auctions, and other fundraisers, including an event at Lasata Winery
in Lawrenceville, Illinois.
Good Samaritan Foundation Director, Gary Hackney, says working with the
Think Pink group has been a great experience. “The amount of energy
and enthusiasm Kathy Arnold and her Think Pink team put into their efforts
to raise money for our cancer patients is refreshing,” he said.
Supporting breast cancer patients is a passion for the members of the Think
Pink committee. “I am a survivor and wanted to give back to the
organization that helped me so much and ensure that everyone is able to
receive the same treatment I was fortunate to have, whether they have
insurance or not,” added Arnold. Breast cancer has affected other
members of the group as well.
Other than a special $1,000 grant the group received from the Vincennes
Eagles to be used toward a new automated breast ultrasound machine, the
rest of the donated funds are used for equipment, education and patient
exams. “We appreciate their efforts and hard work for our patients,”
said Crystal Beadles, Mammography Manager. “Kathy and her team are
a great group to work with and they continue to come up with new ideas
and do more and more each year.”
The Think Pink group is already preparing their activities for 2018. Another
charity ride is in the works, along with another event at the winery.
The group is also discussing some new ideas in order to raise even more
money next year.
To find out more information on how you can support Good Samaritan’s
Breast Care Center with the Think Pink team, contact Kathy Arnold at 618-544-4433
or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.