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May 2024

Pickleball for a Cure

 

Get your rackets out and get ready for the Donna Goodfellow Pickleball Tournament, June 8 and 9, hosted by Courage Thru Cancer and benefitting West Cancer Foundation.

The tournament will host Men’s Doubles, Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles, and every person is guaranteed two matches in each division they sign up for. There will be complimentary snacks and drinks, including wine and beer, for those attending as well as a cash bar and Windyke’s food truck for sandwiches, burgers and wraps. Join the fun while you help cancer patients in need. Spots will fill up soon so don’t wait to register at the link below!

 After Helping Others with Cancer and Other Illnesses, Jacquelyn Found Herself in Need of Assistance

 Jacquelyn’s cancer journey began in June of 2022 when she was diagnosed with Invasive Lobular Carcinoma. The following March, she had a lumpectomy and during the surgery, doctors found cancer in her left breast. She then found herself needing assistance acquiring a lymphedema sleeve – something her insurance did not cover. Fortunately, after referring someone to West Cancer Foundation a few months prior, Jacquelyn knew exactly where to turn. “I reached out to West Cancer Foundation and found out that they were there for me, ready to provide this critical item. It really made a difference.”

Please join us in welcoming our new Director of Community Engagement and Outreach, Cynthia Bowers. Cynthia joins us with more than 30 years of project management experience from FedEx where she held multiple positions throughout her tenure. She also has extensive experience in the nonprofit field focusing on account management, community engagement and outreach, fundraising and relationship/volunteer management.

Cynthia is a staple in our community and has worked relentlessly over the years with her church and numerous nonprofit organizations, including FedEx Family House, Toys for Tots, Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program, and many other organizations across the Mid-South. We are so excited to have her on the team and part of the West Cancer Foundation family!

You can connect with Cynthia by emailing her at cbowers@westcancerfoundation.org

 

You’re Never Too Young to Ride!

 Earlier this month, She to Sea rider and teacher at Lausanne Collegiate School, Amy Morrison, helped coordinate a bike parade with some of our youngest supporters. Thank you to Lausanne for their donation to West Cancer Foundation and for showing you’re never too young to raise awareness and give back!

 From Beating Cancer to Leading the Fundraising Charge: Our Very Own Keri Burnette

 

Featured in this month’s issue of Memphis Health + Fitness is our very own Keri Burnette, VP of Operations! Check out Keri’s story of being a cancer survivor, fundraiser and advocate for taking health into your own hands. By sharing her story, she hopes to encourage others to be their own advocates and strive to remain in touch with their bodies during sickness and in health. Keri is an inspiration to others and an invaluable asset to the Foundation.

After Conquering Breast Cancer, Charlotte Needed a Pick Me Up

 

When Charlotte started losing her hair after her breast cancer treatment, it seriously affected her self-esteem and overall mental health. Luckily, West Cancer Foundation’s Sweet Wig Beauty Boutique was there to help her feel like her glamorous self again.

Learn more about Charlotte’s story here.

Landmark Research Study of Cancer in Black Women Launches in 20 States

Black women die from cancer at higher rates than any other racial or ethnic group. To find out why, the American Cancer Society began a landmark 30-year study across 20 states to investigate these stark inequities. The study, called VOICES of Black Women, plans to enroll more than 100,000 women ages 25-55 across the country, making it the largest research project of its kind ever conducted in the U.S. Learn more about this groundbreaking research study here.

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