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April 2023

Post-Mastectomy Assistance Gave Hope to Cindy

Cindy Davis

It was bad enough that Cindy was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 32 and had one breast removed. Her cancer remission is a blessing, but her troubles didn’t stop after she conquered cancer. Several years after her reconstructive surgery, her implant failed and she needed a prosthesis and special mastectomy bras. Sadly, her insurance didn’t cover this kind of post-mastectomy assistance, and having just retired, she couldn’t afford to pay for the items out of pocket. Fortunately for Cindy, West Cancer Foundation has a program designed specifically for people like her who need help after a mastectomy but are either uninsured or under insured. Read more about Cindy’s story and how West Cancer Foundation gave her hope.

Where Can You Enjoy Delectable Dishes from 20 Signature Memphis Restaurants?

At the Soul Soiree, of Course!

Celebrate the soul of Memphis and chow down with some of your favorite restaurants including Restaurant Iris, Jim’s Place Grille, 117 Prime, Central BBQ, Sunrise Memphis, Gibson’s Donuts, Hog Wild and Half Shell, just to name a few. You’ll have a blast grooving with great tunes from the legendary Boo Mitchell and the Grammy-nominated Hi Rhythm Section Band featuring Marcus Scott. Come in your soulful and sassy attire for a fun night of fundraising to help West Cancer Foundation provide those in need with free cancer services, including cancer screenings, transportation to and from treatments, and post-mastectomy garments and wigs.

 

May 5th/The Kent/6:30-10-30/Valet Provided

New Research Connects Probiotic Bacteria and Improved Immunotherapy Results

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have discovered that probiotic bacteria in the gut may improve immunotherapy response in melanoma patients. Immunotherapy cancer treatment uses a person’s own immune system to recognize and destroy cancer cells. It’s an exciting development in treating cancer, but it doesn’t work for everyone and scientists are trying to determine why in some patients, tumors can shrink or even disappear, but other patients don’t respond to immunotherapy.

 

This latest research shows that, in mouse models, the probiotic bacterium, or “good” bacterium, Lactobacillus reuteri travels to melanoma tumors where it promotes antitumor immunity and facilitates cancer immunotherapy.

It’s Time Again to Fight On for Cancer
September 9th at Shelby Farms Park

Registration is open for the 11th annual Fight On, presented by Sedgwick. Our signature fundraising event features three different cycling routes, a 5K, and a one-mile tribute walk to raise money to support the life-saving cancer services West Cancer Foundation provides.

Whether you cycle, run or walk, you can join us in breaking barriers to cancer care in Memphis. Let’s get together in the spirit of one love, one heart and one fight against cancer.

For details and to register, please visit WestFightOn.org

Volunteers Make the World Go Around

April is National Volunteer Month, and we take this opportunity to honor and thank the many volunteers who make West Cancer Foundation a success. Whether it’s raising money, volunteering at one of our many events, or even helping spread the word about the foundation, we appreciate your gifts of time and talents. From the bottom of our hearts and on behalf of the thousands of cancer patients we’ve helped, we thank you.

Congressman Steve Cohen Shows His Commitment to Cancer Care

Photo credit from L to R: Rachel Brown, Lori Guyton, Steve Cohen, Leighanne Soden, Steve Wishnia

Congressman Steve Cohen is known for his passionate commitment to help improve the lives of Memphians, and that includes taking time to learn about the services West Cancer Foundation provides and helping us spread the word to increase cancer care in our community. Thank you Congressman Cohen for being a force for change in our city and promoting the good work we’re doing for your constituents.

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