Posted October 24
Project Pink'd handed a $40,000 check to the Methodist Hospital Foundation on Wednesday to fund breast cancer programs for the entire community.
The biggest fundraiser came in August when the non-profit unveiled its calender featuring pictures of local cancer survivors.
The organization helps women diagnosed with quality of life issues.
"I can't thank you enough," said Patty Bauer of the Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center as she accepted the check. "This is amazing."
The money will be used in a variety of ways. One idea is to hold a pampering event with free screenings.
Pam Phipps is one of the women who benefits from the funding and she became emotional a she addressed the board of Project Pink'd on how the center had helped her in a time of need. "It made me feel more like myself and....was kind and caring and understanding."
The evening began with a special acknowledgment from organizer Cynthia Sturgeon. "Today is my 45th birthday and it's also my 5-year mark as a survivor. So I have officially beaten the odds today."
Everyone here remembers the day of the diagnosis.
No one wants to forget the journey of courage and belief that happens after that.
It brought Kelly Konen and Kriss Kreglstein together. Both were featured in the calendar.
Kelly, or Ms. September, is a one-year survivor and remembers the day when she heard of the diagnosis. "Of course I was sad but I knew right away I wanted to do something that could have been bad and turn it into a good."
Kriss, who is Ms. January, is a survivor of 20 years.
They are anxious to see the pictures used in the calendar for the first time. The calendar is a way of raising money for breast cancer research.
Kriss: "I love the idea that they're keeping the funds here."
More than 600 people watched as the monthly pictures were shown on three big screens for this 3rd annual calendar event.
"I'm excited to give people hope and that it can be okay -- and raise awareness for early detection too," said Kelly Konen.
One day Project Pink'd organizers would love to eliminate the calendar idea, because that would mean they're reached the goal -- there's been a cure for breast cancer.
Project Pink'd is now officially a non-profit and spends the money on helping women diagnosed with quality of life issues.
The calendars are $20 and can be ordered through this link.
This year, Project Pink'd partnered with Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center to support its programs.